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Pope condemns Mumbai, Nigeria violence

Pope Benedict prayed for the victims of what he called "senseless" violence in Mumbai and Nigeria, where hundreds of people have been killed.

world Updated: Nov 30, 2008 18:51 IST

Pope Benedict prayed on Sunday for the victims of what he called "senseless" violence in Mumbai and Nigeria, where hundreds of people have been killed.

"The causes and circumstances of these tragic events are different, but the horror and the condemnation for the explosion of such a cruel and senseless violence must be one," the pope said after his weekly Angelus blessing in St Peter's Square.

Militants killed nearly 200 people in Mumbai last week, while clashes between Muslim and Christian gangs in the central Nigerian city of Jos left around 400 people dead.

The pope said he was asking God to "touch the heart of those who delude themselves this is the way to resolve local or international problems".