The Iranian Foreign Ministry in a statement late on Friday condemned an attack by masked gunmen on a group of construction workers near Baghdad. 16 Iranian nationals were killed in the attack, and four critically injured. Three Iraqis were also killed. (Press TV, 14 December)
The workers were shot dead near the village of Balad Ruz, 90 kilometers (55 miles) northeast of Baghdad. The gas pipeline under construction will connect Iraq's gas network to supplies from Iran.
File photo: Iranian Foreign Ministry, Tehran. (IRNA)