SA condemns ‘barbaric’ Paris attack

2015-01-08 09:55

South Africa’s government has condemned the attack on French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo, in which 12 people were killed in Paris.

“The government joins the international community in condemning the calculated and barbaric terrorist attack yesterday against journalists and members of the public in Paris,” international relations department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said today.

“Deliberate attacks against journalists and members of the public contravene international law and constitute a crime against humanity.”

News agency the Associated Press today quoted French Prime Minister Manuel Valls as saying there had been “several arrests” as authorities searched for two gunmen with possible links to terrorist group al-Qaeda.

Monyela said: “South Africa stands firmly with the international community by unequivocally condemning all terrorism and will continue to support regional and international efforts to address the scourge of terrorism in all its forms.”

South Africa’s government extended its condolences to the French public and government, the victims of the attack and their loved ones.

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