U.S. ambassador condemns attack on office of Arabic news channel in Iraq

10:39, July 28, 2010      

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Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, on Tuesday condemned the deadly suicide bombing targeting the Baghdad office of pan-Arab news channel Al-Arabiya, which killed six people.

"I condemn it, as does the United States," Rice told reporters here.

"We think it's a horrible instance of violence and particularly tragic as it targeted those who are doing their utmost to support and extend freedom of the press in Iraq," Rice told reporters here, adding that she was "very deeply distressed" by the attack.

According to Rice, the Iraqi government works very hard to protect its people.

A suicide car bomber blew himself up in front of the office of Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV in western Baghdad on Monday, leaving six people killed and 20 others wounded.

Journalists and media workers in Iraq are constantly in the danger zone of attack. Since the start of the Iraq war in 2003, at least 142 journalists and media workers were killed.

Earlier Tuesday, both the U.S. State Department and the Arab league have condemned the attacks.

Source: Xinhua


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