Special Representative Martin Kobler. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The top United Nations envoy in Iraq has strongly condemned a series of bombings that took place today, and called on the Iraqi people to remain steadfast amid attempts to derail the country?s quest for democracy and stability.

In the latest wave of attacks, explosions were reported in the capital, Baghdad, as well as in the cities of Baquba, Kirkuk, Samarra, Dibis and Taji, according to media reports, which add that at least 35 people have been killed and 100 more have been injured.

?These horrendous crimes being committed against the Iraqi people need to stop for Iraq to achieve the prosperous and secure future its people duly deserve,? the Secretary-General?s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler, said in a statement.

He voiced concern at the ongoing violence in the country and the targeting of security officials and personnel as well as the indiscriminate attacks on civilians.

Mr. Kobler, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), called on the Iraqi people to remain steadfast in the face of the attempts to derail Iraq?s quest for a better future.

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