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Call for Belfast book of condolence on Bagdad ISIS bombing - Cllr McVeigh

7 July, 2016 - by Jim McVeigh

Sinn Féin Councillor Jim McVeigh, has called for a book of condolence to be opened in Belfast City Hall for over 200 civilians who were killed in Baghdad in the most deadly attack by ISIS in 2016 and for the building to be lit up in the Iraqi colours.

Speaking today the Sinn Féin group leader in Belfast City Council said:

“On Saturday  the 2nd of July a huge bomb was detonated by ISIS in a busy shopping district of Bagdad. Since then over 281 people, including 25 children, have died as a direct result of this attack.

“It is the worst single attack carried out by those linked to ISIS in 2016.

“I have written  to the Mayor and all of the party leaders to ask for a book of condolence to be opened for these victims and for Belfast City Hall to be lit in the colours of the Iraqi flag.

“Council did this following ISIS attacks in Paris and Brussels and the recent homophobic gun attacks in Orlando.

“I hope the council will look favourably upon this proposal. As a city and civic leaders we must stand in solidarity with all the victims of these attacks wherever they occur."

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