SA condemns attack in Kashmir

Indian soldiers of the President's Bodyguard regiment drill at the Presidential Palace in New Delhi. AFP/Chandan KHANNA

Thursday’s attack claimed the lives of at least 40 members of the Indian armed forces and is the deadliest in the area in years.

The South African government on Friday condemned a deadly car bombing in Kashmir as a cowardly act of terrorism and conveyed its condolences to the Indian government.

“The South African Government condemns in the strongest terms the attack in Kashmir,” the department of international relations and cooperation said.

Thursday’s attack claimed the lives of at least 40 members of the Indian armed forces and is the deadliest in the area in years.

“President Cyril Ramaphosa has, on behalf of the government and people of South Africa, extended the country’s deepest condolences to the government and the people of the Republic of India following the unjustifiable and cowardly attack,” the international relations department said.

“Acts of terrorism have no place in society and constitute a threat to development, peace and security. The South African government wishes to reiterate its solidarity with the government of India in confronting the scourge of terrorism and will continue to support regional and international efforts to address terrorism in all its forms.”

The attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based armed group Jaish-e-Mohammad which has carried out a number of suicide attacks against Indian security forces since it was formed in 2000.

– African News Agency

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