France condemns wave of attacks in Pakistan

3rd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

France's Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner on Friday condemned the "blind and cowardly terrorism" in Pakistan after a wave of deadly militant attacks against religious minorities in the country.

"France is united with Pakistan facing this new ordeal and remains more than ever engaged with it in the fight against terrorism," Kouchner said in a statement, after attacks Friday that killed at least 53 people and injured 197.

The suicide bombing targeted religious processions in Lahore and Quetta and on a place of worship in Mardan, near Peshawar.

Pakistan was "again plunged into mourning by a blind and cowardly terrorism in the middle of the month of Ramadan", Kouchner said, referring to earlier attacks in the eastern city of Lahore on Wednesday.

Three suicide bombers then targeted a Shiite mourning procession made up of thousands of people at the moment of the breaking of the fast in the holy month of Ramadan. The attacks left 31 people dead.

© 2010 AFP

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