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A dark cloud of sadness - Zuma

By unknown | Nov 28, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

ANC president Jacob Zuma has offered his condolences to the Indian government after terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

"We meet under a dark cloud of sadness, given the terror attacks in Mumbai which claimed hundreds of lives," Zuma said in Kempton Park at a conference of religious leaders.

Teams of heavily armed Islamist militants stormed luxury hotels, a popular restaurant and a crowded train station in coordinated attacks across India's financial capital on Wednesday night, firing shots indiscriminately, and taking Westerners hostage.

More than 100 people died in the orchestrated attacks that have paralysed India's financial hub and the country's biggest city.

"India and South Africa have a historic bond of friendship and solidarity.

"What happened in India also affects South Africans who have family and friends in the country," Zuma said.

Zuma said condolences were extended to India and that he wished the Indian government well in dealing with the situation.

"There can be no justification for such senseless violence," said Zuma.

World leaders also condemned the attacks.

"President George Bush offers his condolences to the Indian people and the families of the innocent civilians killed and injured in the attacks in Mumbai," the White House said in a statement yesterday.

"President-elect Obama strongly condemns today's terrorist attacks in Mumbai," said a statement by Brooke Anderson, Barack Obama's spokesman on national security.

"These coordinated attacks on innocent civilians demonstrate the grave and urgent threat of terrorism.

"The United States must continue to strengthen our partnerships with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks," Anderson added.

"We stand with the people of India."

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said: "This kind of terrorism is unforgivable, extremely despicable and vicious.

"I feel strong resentment and deeply condemn it. Japan is with the Indian people who are fighting against terrorism." - Reuters


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