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Japan condemns Pakistan attacks

Japan "strongly condemns the terrorist bombing", and pledges to do its part in the "fight against terrorism".

world Updated: Oct 19, 2007 15:47 IST

Japan condemned on Friday, the deadly suicide attacks targeting former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and pledged to do its part in the "fight against terrorism."



Japan "strongly condemns the terrorist bombing," the foreign ministry said in a statement, offering "deepest sympathies to those who were injured."



"Japan will continue to fight against terrorism in cooperation with the international community," the statement said.



Japan's government is struggling to extend a naval mission off Pakistan's coast providing fuel to support the "war on terror." The opposition wants to end the operation, saying it doesn't want to support a US war.



At least 130 people were killed in the attacks yesterday after Bhutto returned home from eight years of exile following power-sharing talks with military ruler Pervez Musharraf.



Japan "expects that the government of Pakistan will continue to engage in building a stable and democratic state," the statement said.



Japan in 2005 resumed full-fledged assistance to Pakistan after a hiatus following nuclear tests by Pakistan and its rival India in 1998.

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