Iran has strongly condemned the recent deadly terrorist attack by an al-Qaeda-linked group on the holy Iraqi city of Samarra.
On Thursday evening, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham expressed concern over the potential spread of such criminal acts by terrorists, warning against any desecration of sacred sites in the city.
She also called upon the international community as well as world bodies to honor their commitments with respect to offering strong support to the Iraqi government and nation in their campaign against terrorism.
On Thursday morning, militants from the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorist group attacked a major checkpoint on the southeast side of Samarra, killing the security forces guarding it and burning their vehicles. They then took control of several areas of the city.
The city, which is nearly 120 kilometers north of Baghdad, is home to the holy shrines of two Shia Imams.
The assault sparked heavy fighting, and reinforcements including members of Iraq’s elite counter-terrorism forces were dispatched to Samarra to combat the militants.
Iraqi security forces ultimately managed to regain control of the militant-held areas of the city.
Iraq is currently witnessing a wave of violence unprecedented in recent years.
Takfiri groups, including the ISIL, are reportedly coming to Iraq from neighboring Syria and Saudi Arabia to undermine security in the country.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blames Saudi Arabia and Qatar for the security crisis and growing terrorism in his country, denouncing the Al Saud regime as a major supporter of global terrorism.