New York, Feb 9 (IBNS) The top United Nations official in Iraq has urged the country's leadership to take immediate and necessary measures to stop sectarian violence from spreading, following a series of bombings on Friday that killed and injured dozens of civilians.
The attacks were planned in popular and crowded places in Baghdad's northern Khadimiya neighbourhood and the town of Shomali in Babel province, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) said in a news release.
"Perpetrators of these heinous and horrible acts are ruthless criminals whose sole goal is to push the country back to sectarian violence," said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and head of UNAMI, Martin Kobler.
Media reports say that Friday's attacks targeted Shiite areas, killing at least 36 people in what is being called the bloodiest day in more than two months. Meanwhile, Sunni groups reportedly staged anti-Government protests against Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.