A spokesperson for the Federal Foreign Office issued the following statement today (12 March):
We condemn the attack on a Shia shrine in Damascus in the strongest possible terms. This heinous attack has apparently injured several dozen people and killed numerous more who were at the Damascus shrine to practice their religion in peace. Such attacks show how cowardly and inhumane acts of terrorism can be.
This tragic event is further proof that Syria urgently needs a political solution, so that sectarian violence is deprived of a breeding ground.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families and friends of the victims. We wish the injured a speedy recovery. We also extend our condolences to the Government of Iraq and to the many Iraqis