Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, on the suicide bomb attack in Tikrit, Iraq

January 18, 2011

  1. Japan is greatly shocked and indignant at the suicide bomb attack targeting a crowd of police recruits on January 18 in Tikrit, Iraq, which caused many casualties. Japan expresses its deepest condolences for those who have been killed by the attacks and to the families of the victims.

  2. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan reiterates its firm condemnation of these atrocious acts of terrorism that indiscriminately target innocent people.

  3. Japan hopes and expects that Iraqi new government and people overcome ethnic and religious differences and make efforts for the stabilizing of the security situation and reconstructing its economy, while promoting national reconciliation. Japan will continue to extend its proactive support for such efforts by the Iraqi people.