UNITED NATIONS, March 19 (Xinhua) -- The UN envoy to Iraq on Tuesday strongly condemned the wave of coordinated car bomb attacks and shooting that killed and injured dozens of civilians in several areas of Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters here.
"Once again, innocent people going about their daily lives were viciously attacked. Nothing can justify such heinous crimes," said Martin Kobler, the UN secretary-general's special representative and head of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
Meanwhile, Kobler extended his sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to those who were injured, Nesirky said.
At least 17 people were killed and 64 others wounded in a series of car bombs in Baghdad, reports said.
Violence and sporadic high-profile bomb attacks remain common in Iraqi cities despite the dramatic decrease in violence since its peak in 2006 and 2007, when the country was engulfed in sectarian killings after the U.S.-led Iraqi war.