International community condemns terrorist attack in China
                 English.news.cn | 2014-03-02 23:56:15 | Editor: yan

BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- The international community has condemned Saturday's terrorist attack at a train station in Kunming City of southwest China's Yunnan Province.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in a message to his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, said Russia resolutely condemns such heinous criminal act and is willing to further anti-terror cooperation with China.

He also expressed his deep sympathy to the families of the victims and wished the injured an early recovery.

In a statement, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned in the strongest terms the terrible attack.

"The secretary-general notes that there is no justification for the killing of innocent civilians and hopes that those responsible will be brought to justice," said the statement.

The U.N. chief also "expresses condolences to the bereaved families and wishes those wounded a speedy recovery," it added.

The French Foreign Ministry stressed that such an act cannot be defended by any excuse.

"France offers its condolences to the victims' families and expresses its solidarity with the Chinese government and people," the ministry said in a statement.

The United States was shocked at and expressed condemnation of the brutal violence that caused heavy casualties, said the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

Through the Chinese Foreign Ministry and the Chinese Embassy in Washington, the U.S. government extended condolences to the deceased and voiced sympathy to the victims and their families.

Japan expressed grief over the deaths of the victims in the terrorist attack, according to the Japanese Embassy in Beijing and the country's Foreign Ministry.

Le Hai Binh, a Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokesman, told state-run broadcaster the Voice of Vietnam that his country strongly condemned the terrorist attack.

Vietnam extended its deepest sympathy to the Chinese government, people and the families of the victims, he said, voicing confidence that perpetrators will face severe punishment for their violent acts.

Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit also sent condolences to the victims.

Twenty-nine civilians were confirmed dead and more than 140 others wounded after a group of knife-wielding militants attacked the railway station in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, on Saturday. The authorities said that it was an organized, premeditated violent terrorist attack.

Evidence at the scene showed that the attack was carried out by Xinjiang separatists, said the municipal government of Kunming.

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Xi vows punishment on terrorists, careful rescue for victims

BEIJING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Chinese president Xi Jinping has urged the law enforcement to investigate and solve the case of Kunming terrorist attack with all-out efforts and punish the terrorists in accordance with the law.

More than 10 terrorist suspects attacked people at the square and ticket hall of Kunming Railway Station at 9:20 p.m. on Saturday, killing at least 28 civilians and injuring 113 others. Full story

Kunming airport steps up security checks

KUNMING, March 2 (Xinhua) -- The Changshui International Airport in Kunming of southwest China's Yunnan Province has stepped up security checks on Sunday following the Saturday terrorist attack that left 29 civilians dead and more than 130 injured.

Travellers at the airport will be subject to more frequent and closer scrutiny over their body and luggage, airport officials said, adding that the enhanced checks will prolong the process and thus advising passengers to check in earlier. Full story

 

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