UN slams Baghdad bombings

UNITED NATIONS:The UN Security Council strongly condemned the twin truck bombs that killed 95 people and wounded almost 600 in Baghdad Wednesday on the sixth anniversary of the bombing of the UN compound there.

"The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the series of terrorist attacks" in Baghdad, Britain's UN Ambassador John Sawers, the council chair this month, said in a statement read on behalf of all 15 members.

The council members reaffirmed "their support for the people and government of Iraq and their commitment to that country's security."

Earlier Wednesday, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said he was "saddened" by Wednesday's "appalling" attacks in Baghdad as he marked the sixth anniversary of the deadly bombing of the UN compound in the Iraqi capital which killed 22 UN staffers, including special envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello.

"I am saddened that the violence continues, including the appalling string of attacks today in Baghdad which took the lives of scores of innocent people," Ban said at a UN headquarters ceremony to mark World Humanitarian Day.

Wednesday's violence in Baghdad came exactly six years to the day after a truck bomb struck the UN offices at the Canal Hotel in the Iraqi capital.