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Jordan Condemns Iraq Church Attack

Jordan has condemned Sunday's attack of a Catholic church in Baghdad that left dozens dead and injured--mostly worshipers attending an evening mass.

"We condemn the criminal and terrorist act that targeted a church in Baghdad", Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told a news conference Monday.

"We condemn all forms of terrorism, particularly targeting civilians. Jordan supports all efforts seeking to enhance Iraq's security," he pointed out.

Judeh said King Abdullah II hd expressed his sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the victims of the attack and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

In a message Monday to Iraqi President Jalal Talibani, the King expressed his country's solidarity with the people of Iraq, and pledged that Jordan would stand by Iraqis to overcome this ordeal and counter terrorism in all forms.

At a prayer meeting in St Peter's Square on the Catholic All- Saints' Day holiday Monday, Pope Benedict XVI condemned the attack.

"I pray for the victims of this senseless violence, made even more ferocious because it struck defenseless people who were gathered in the house of God, which is a house of love and reconciliation," he said.

Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned the siege Monday, saying it was an attempt to drive more Christians out of the country.

Jordan has condemned Sunday's attack of a Catholic church in Baghdad that left dozens dead and injured--mostly worshipers attending an evening mass.

"We condemn the criminal and terrorist act that targeted a church in Baghdad", Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh told a news conference Monday.

"We condemn all forms of terrorism, particularly targeting civilians. Jordan supports all efforts seeking to enhance Iraq's security," he pointed out.

Judeh said King Abdullah II hd expressed his sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the victims of the attack and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

In a message Monday to Iraqi President Jalal Talibani, the King expressed his country's solidarity with the people of Iraq, and pledged that Jordan would stand by Iraqis to overcome this ordeal and counter terrorism in all forms.

At a prayer meeting in St Peter's Square on the Catholic All- Saints' Day holiday Monday, Pope Benedict XVI condemned the attack.

"I pray for the victims of this senseless violence, made even more ferocious because it struck defenseless people who were gathered in the house of God, which is a house of love and reconciliation," he said.

Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned the siege Monday, saying it was an attempt to drive more Christians out of the country.

Islamic State of Iraq, a group which is linked to al-Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the attack.


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