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Ambassador: 12 killed in blast near Iran embassy in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, April 4 (Mehr News Agency) - In a suicide terrorist attack, in front of Iran's embassy in Baghdad on Sunday, 12 people were killed and many more injured.

Iran's Ambassador to Baghdad, Hassan Kazemi Qomi, told Mehr News Agency that according to video coverage taken by cameras installed by the embassy, the attack was suicidal and occurred in front of the door leading to the street in which the Iranian embassy is located.

In the explosion some nearby buildings, including the Iranian embassy, and cars also sustained damages, Qomi added.

The ambassador said that it is still premature to say whether the Iranian embassy was the target, adding that more investigation is needed to determine this.

He added all those in the Iranian embassy are sound and safe and everything is going on well.

He linked the blasts to the opponents of the "new Iraq," as the country is moving to form a new government following the March 7 parliamentary election.

Such acts can neither disrupt the process of "government-building" in Iraq nor "affect" Iran's relations with Iraq, the ambassador noted.

"The Islamic Republic will continue its policy to support the Iraqis in promoting security and reconstruction in the country."

The ambassador added, "The terrorist act in front of Iran's embassy was definitely engineered by the common enemies of Iran and Iraq, and the perpetrators must know that their moves will bear no result except reinforcing Iran's determination to support stability in Iraq."

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