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Global unity: Condolences flow for Mastung and Hangu tragedies

Khalid Umar Malik
01 Oct 2023, 11:13 GMT+10

QUETTA, Pakistan - The terrorist attacks in Mastung and Hangu have been vehemently denounced by the international community, including the United States, who also sent their condolences to the victims' families.

Condemnations followed attacks in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after suicide bombers turned a national celebratory holiday into a day of mourning.

The two attacks occurred on Friday, the anniversary of the birth of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

In the suicide bombing in Balochistan's Mastung district, at least 52 people-including a police officer-died, while 60 others were injured. A mosque in Hangu was destroyed in a blast that injured 12 people and left five dead, including a policeman.

State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller shared Washington's condemnation of the "suicide attacks in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that killed and injured worshippers and others" in a statement on X, formerly Twitter.

"Pakistanis deserve to practice their faith without fear," Miller's post stated. We send our sincere condolences to the families who lost loved ones.

Donald Blome, the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, also expressed the U.S.' support for Pakistan in a separate post on the social media platform X, adding that the country's thoughts are with the victims and their families.

"In response to these heinous attacks, we will continue to stand with Pakistan," he wrote.

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iraq, Iran, Iraq, Algeria, France, Trkiye, and Egypt also strongly condemned and denounced the terrorist attacks, reaffirming their firm position calling for the rejection of violence and terrorism wherever it occurs.

The countries prayed for the early and speedy recovery of the injured, renewing their firm stance against all forms of violence, terrorism, and intimidation of citizens.

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