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Samjhauta attack a heinous crime: Ban

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has condemned the brutal terrorist attack on Samjhauta Exp.

india Updated: Feb 20, 2007 09:45 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

aTerming it a "heinous crime", the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has condemned the "brutal" terrorist attack on Delhi-Lahore Samjhauta Express saying that the attack cannot be justified by any cause.

In a statement, he also called for strong measures to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Secretary-General expressed satisfaction that leaders of India and Pakistan have reaffirmed their determination to continue on the "path of dialogue".

Ban said that he was also encouraged by the strong reaction among various communities in the subcontinent and their resolve to thwart the terrorists.

"The Secretary-General conveys his deep condolences to the families of innocent victims and governments of India and Pakistan," his spokesperson said.

In a major terror attack, 67 people, mostly Pakistani nationals, were charred to death and nearly 15 injured, 12 of them seriously, when two powerful explosions ripped through two coaches of the Lahore-bound Samjhauta Express turning them into a moving inferno, about 10 kms from Panipat.

First Published: Feb 20, 2007 09:14 IST