Iraq violence

Media release

18 April 2013

Foreign Minister Bob Carr today expressed the Australian Government's concern at the latest violent attacks and assassinations across Iraq.

Senator Carr condemned the attacks and conveyed Australia's sympathies to the victims and their families.

"The attacks appear to be aimed at undermining Iraq's stability and disrupting the forthcoming provincial elections," Senator Carr said.

"We urge the Government and people of Iraq to continue to stand firm in support of the democracy and peace they have already sacrificed much to achieve.

"The Australian Government remains committed in its long-standing support of Iraq's democratic and national development."

A series of car bombings across Baghdad and other regional centres on April 15 killed at least 50 and injured more than 300.

To date, there have also been at least 15 assassinations of political candidates ahead of April 20 Iraqi provincial elections.

This latest attack follows major attacks in March, including a coordinated wave of car bombings in Baghdad on March 19 which left 56 dead and more than 200 injured.

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