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France condemns triple car explosions in southern Iraq

PARIS, Dec 12 (KUNA) -- France condemned here Wednesday the synchronized car bomb attacks that occurred earlier today in southern Iraq that killed at least 25 people and wounded about 150 others.
Spokeswoman of the French foreign ministry Pascale Andreani told reporters that her country "strongly" condemns these attacks, which "illustrate at what point the security situation remains of concern in Iraq." As for reports indicating that the security situation in Iraq has improved, Andreani said "We have learnt of the statistics which tend to show an overall drop in the number of victims." The chief of police in the city of Amarah was fired following the three explosions, which were about five apart and are considered among the deadliest in Iraq in months. (end) si.tg KUNA 121822 Dec 07NNNN