President Mbeki Condemns Terrorist Attacks in India

Tshwane- South African President Thabo Mbeki today, Saturday 29 October 2005, condemned a series of bomb blasts in New Delhi, India, earlier today in which 40 people are reported to have been killed and many others wounded.

In a message of support to his counterpart, Indian President Dr Abdul Kalam, President Mbeki said, "Please accept the condolences of the South African government and people following this dastardly act of terror during which many have been killed and dozens injured."

"The South African government joins the international community in condemning these heinous acts of terrorism, particurlaly in a country that espouses the principles of democracy and freedom of its people."

"We express our confidence in the abilities of the law enforcement agencies to thoroughly investigate this matter and ensure the perpetrators face the full might of the law."

"Accordingly we express our condolences to the Indian government and people and particularly to the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones and wish those injured a speedy recovery," concluded President Mbeki.

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29 October 2005

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