Pakistan condemns Iraq rocket attack

No cause justifies such wanton acts of violence, states MoFA


News Desk/Reuters January 31, 2022
A handout picture released by the Facebook page of the Iraqi ministry of transportation, shows a damaged stationary aircraft on the tarmac of Baghdad airport, after rockets reportedly targeted the runway, on January 28, 202. PHOTO: IRAQI MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION/FACEBOOK/ AFP

Pakistan on Monday strongly condemned the terrorist attack that targeted the Baghdad International airport and caused damage to civilian infrastructure, said a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).

"Pakistan stands in solidarity with the brotherly government and people of Iraq. No cause justifies such wanton acts of violence. We reiterate our strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," the MoFA added.

On January 28, several rockets landed in the Baghdad International Airport compound and near an adjacent US airbase, damaging at least one disused civilian aircraft, Iraqi police said.

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The police sources did not report any other damage or any injuries. The damaged aircraft was an out-of-use Iraqi Airways plane, they said.

Iraq's state news agency reported, citing the country's aviation authority, that there was no disruption to air travel.

The US airbase, known as Camp Victory, is located around the perimeter of Baghdad's civilian airport.

Rocket attacks have regularly struck the complex in recent years and are blamed by US and some Iraqi officials on Iran-aligned militia groups who oppose the US military presence in the region.

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