European Union foreign affairs head Catherine Ashton condemned the deadly suicide attacks on European and Middle Eastern countries’ embassies in Baghdad, which claimed the lives of up to 30 people and injured more than 200 others, Agence France-Presse reports. The attacks contradict the international community’s goal of promoting peace, democracy and social and cultural inclusion in Iraq, Ashton noted in a statement. She added that local political parties and leaders should urge restraint against violence as well as continue to build the country’s democratic institutions.
In a separate attack claimed by Pakistani Taliban, militants attempted to storm a U.S. consulate in the city of Peshawar in northern Pakistan, killing six Pakistanis and wounding some 20 others. The New York Times notes that this is the most direct attack on a U.S. facility in the country in recent years. The five attackers, who were armed with machine guns, rocket launchers and a truck bomb, failed to enter the compound but damaged a portion of the exterior wall, witnesses reported.