No Pi­noy in­jured in Iraq ter­ror at­tacks

Manila Times - - NEWS - BER­NADETTE E. TAMAYO

NO Filipino was in­jured in the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Iraq that killed 84 peo­ple and left 93 others wounded.

“Ter­ror­ist at­tacks such as those car­ried out against pil­grims in Dhi Qar Prov­ince have no room in civ­i­lized so­ci­eties such as ours,” For­eign Af­fairs Sec­re­tary Alan Peter Cayetano said from New York.

Cayetano will be at­tend­ing the 72nd Ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral As­sem­bly next week.

“The Philip­pines con­demns the lat­est at­tacks in Iraq and all other at­tacks against civil­ians by ex­trem­ist el­e­ments in other parts of the world,” he said.

Ac­cord­ing to the Philip­pine Em- bassy in Bagh­dad, the at­tack on Thurs­day evening tar­geted a restau­rant in Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar prov­ince south of Bagh­dad that was fre­quented by Shia pil­grims.

The at­tack, which was claimed by the Is­lamic State (IS), in­volved gun and at the restau­rant along the main highwa y to Bagh­dad fol­lowed by two sui­cide bombers, in­clud­ing one who det­o­nated a car bomb.

The Em­bassy im­me­di­ately is­sued an ad­vi­sory urg­ing the 4,000 Filipinos in Iraq to re­main vig­i­lant and to re­strict their move­ment.

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