U.N. senior official condemns attack against Iraqi worshippers

A senior U.N. envoy in Iraq strongly condemned a suicide bomb attack on Thursday against a mosque in the northern area of Baghdad, which killed and wounded dozens of worshippers leaving evening prayers.

According to media reports about the attack, 35 people were killed and more than 50 were wounded at the mosque.

"This heinous act of violence which shocked the country, shall not undermine the belief in peaceful coexistence among the Iraqi people," Gyorgy Busztin, the deputy special representative of the secretary-general for Iraq, said.

Busztin expressed his deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the attack victims and wished a quick recovery to the wounded.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recently expressed concern at the breakdown of the security situation in Iraq. Deadly attacks are becoming more common in Iraq and Ban appealed to political leaders to take action to stop the violence and bring the perpetrators to justice.

In mid-August, a wave of attacks in Baghdad and other areas of Iraq struck shopping areas and parks as individuals were celebrating the end of Ramadan. Media reports said that more than 60 people were killed in the attacks and more than 200 people were wounded. The attacks reportedly struck mostly Shiite neighborhoods.