Iran condemns terrorist attack on Shiites in Pakistan


The Iranian Foreign Ministry deplored the Friday terrorist attack in Pakistan’s Rawalpindi city, calling it a plot to meet the interests of the nation’s enemies.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the terrorist attack on innocent people and believes that it runs counter to Islamic teachings and human values,” Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham said on Monday, Fars News Agency reported.

“Such actions are obviously in line with the interests of the enemies of the Pakistani nation and the Muslim Ummah, and the Muslim Pakistani government and nation will no doubt remove any ground for the creation of discord and insecurity very vigilantly,” she added.

A suicide bomber struck an imambargah (mosque) in Rawalpindi on Friday, martyring at least eight people and wounding 18 others.

The powerful explosion, claimed by the Jamaat-ul-Ahrar militant group, blew out windows and triggered chaos as dozens of Shiite Muslims gathered at the imambargah for celebrations marking the birthday of Islam’s Prophet Mohammad (Blessings of God upon him and his progeny).

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