Britain 'appalled' by Iraq attacks

19th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain said Wednesday it was "appalled" by the suicide attacks in Iraq, calling them "senseless violence" as it urged Baghdad to clamp down on those behind the blasts.

"I am appalled and deeply saddened by yesterday's attack on the Tikrit police centre and this morning's attack in Baquba," Foreign Office Middle East minister Alistair Burt said in a statement.

"These attacks serve as a reminder that people across Iraq continue to be vulnerable to senseless violence and terrorism.

"We will continue to urge the Iraqi government to deal appropriately with those found responsible for these crimes and provide adequate protection for all of its citizens."

A suicide bomber rammed an ambulance packed with explosives into a security headquarters on Wednesday, in the second major attack against Iraqi forces in as many days. Dozens were killed in the incidents.

Britain was the second-biggest contributor to the March 2003 invasion of Iraq. It pulled out its troops in July 2009.

© 2011 AFP

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