South Africa: Zuma condemns Turkey terror attack

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Date: 02 Nov 2010
Title: Zuma condemns Turkey terror attack

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has condemned the suicide bombing which left 32 people injured at Istanbul's Taksim Square, Turkey, on Sunday.

The attack occurred as Istanbul was preparing to hold Republic Day parades to mark the 1923 founding of Turkey.

Among those injured were 15 police officers and 17 civilians, who were wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up near a police bus in central Istanbul.

"As the Government and the people of South Africa, we reach out in thoughts and prayers to the Government and peoples of Turkey and wishing those wounded a speedy recovery," Zuma said.

The government of South Africa condemned in the strongest terms terrorist attacks on innocent citizens of Turkey.

In this regard, President Zuma reiterated that "violence and any other form of terrorist attacks will not advance world peace and stability in any country."

Turkish police are investigating the incident.

Published on: 2010-11-02

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