“The Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported security, stability and territorial integrity of Iraq and strongly rejects any move which poses a threat to these inviolable principles,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Friday, Press TV wrote.
He added that Iraq is moving towards domestic development and playing an active and dynamic role in the region but certain individuals seek to hinder the materialization of such goals in the country by carrying out terrorist acts, fueling insecurity and creating crisis.
Iran believes that Iraq can overcome all difficulties given its high capacities, the spokesman said, adding, “We regard Iraq’s security and stability as an inseparable part of stability of Iran and the region and will spare no effort to support the friendly and brotherly country of Iraq.”
At least five civilians lost their lives and nearly two dozen others sustained injuries in a powerful blast near a marketplace in the al-Habibiyah area of Sadr City in the eastern flank of the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad on Thursday.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the deadly attack, but such assaults bear the hallmark of those carried out by remnants of the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
Iraqi President Barham Salih condemned the car bomb explosion in Baghdad in a post published on his official Twitter account.
Meanwhile, Hassan Salem, an Iraqi lawmaker affiliated to the anti-terror Asa'ib Ahl al-Haq group, which is part of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU), said evidence indicates the involvement of Israel’s Mossad spy agency in Baghdad’s car bomb attack as well as the attack on the 30th Brigade of the PMU fighters in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh.