UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- A senior UN official in Iraq on Thursday strongly condemned a suicide bomb attack against a mosque in the northern area of the capital Baghdad, which killed at least 30 worshipers as they were leaving evening prayers.
A suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt blew himself up at al Temimi mosque in the Kasra area in northern Baghdad at about 6: 40 p.m. (1540 GMT), killing at least 30 people and injuring 55 others, reports said.
"This heinous act of violence which shocked the country, shall not undermine the belief in peaceful coexistence among the Iraqi people," said the deputy special representative of the UN secretary-general for Iraq, Gyorgy Busztin.
Meanwhile, the UN envoy extended his deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently voiced alarm at the deterioration of the security situation in Iraq, where deadly attacks are becoming "all too commonplace," and appealed to political leaders to take urgent action to stem the violence and bring the perpetrators to justice.