UN condemns bombings in India, Turkey

July 29th, 2008 - 1:13 am ICT by IANS  

New York, July 28 (DPA) UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Monday strongly condemned the weekend bombings in India and Turkey, and presented his condolences to families of the victims. In a statement, Ban condemned in the strongest terms the series of bombings in two Indian cities - Ahmedabad and Bangalore. About 50 people were killed in the Ahmedabad bombings Saturday and one person in Banaglore Friday. More than 200 were injured in the two blasts.

Istanbul was hit by a pair of bomb attacks Sunday night, which killed at least 16 civilians and injured more than 100.

Condemning the attacks, Ban said he “deeply regrets the loss of life and conveys his sympathies to the families of the victims and the wounded”.

A spokesperson said Ban “reiterates that no cause or grievance can justify terrorist acts of this kind and appeals for restraint in the face of such provocation”.

“The secretary general sends his deepest sympathies to the families of those who lost their lives, the wounded and the people and Government of India,” the statement said.

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