UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- UN Spokesperson Martin Nesirky on Monday said that the UN envoy to Iraq condemned the deadly attacks on the police headquarters in Kirkuk, a city located about 250 km north of Baghdad.
"Martin Kobler, the Secretary-General's Special Representative for Iraq, has condemned in the strongest possible terms the coordinated attacks on the police headquarters in Kirkuk yesterday, which have claimed dozens of lives and injured many more," said Nesirky at the daily news briefing.
According to reports, at least 33 people were killed and at least 70 others injured in a car bomb and suicide attack Sunday, widely viewed as an attempt to take control of the police compound.
This is the third major attack in the area within the last several weeks.
Nesirky quoted Kobler as saying that "the perpetrators showed a complete disregard for human life."
"He said that it is important that the people of Kirkuk remain united against the forces of extremism and hatred," added Nesirky.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, though some suspect it may be linked to the Al-Qaeda front in Iraq, which often attacks security compounds.
"Kobler urged the Iraqi leadership to take all necessary steps that are required to deal with this alarming situation, particularly in Kirkuk, which is a symbol of peaceful coexistence in Iraq," said the spokesperson.
The city is well known from its diverse population of Arabs, Kurds and Turkmens.
Late last month, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also issued a statement condemning the wave of attacks in the area, saying he " recognized the right to peaceful assembly and called on all parties to exercise maximum restraint," said Nesirky.