Pakistan hospital bombing a 'crime against humanity' - Zuma

2016-08-09 11:48
A Pakistani soldier comforts a mourner after the suicide bombing. (Banaras Khan, AFP)

A Pakistani soldier comforts a mourner after the suicide bombing. (Banaras Khan, AFP)

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Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma has condemned the deadly terrorist attack on a government-run hospital in the city of Quetta, Pakistan. 

A Taliban suicide bomb packed with ball bearings tore through the hospital on Monday, killing at least 70 people and injuring dozens.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Zuma said that deliberate attacks against hospitals were "contraventions of well-established international human rights and humanitarian law and constitute a crime against humanity".

"The South African government condemns in the strongest terms the inhumane and gruesome terrorist attack against a hospital in Pakistan. Terrorism in any form and from whichever quarter cannot be condoned,” he said. 

He said South Africa stood firmly with the international community in condemning all terrorism.

"We will continue to support regional and international efforts to address the scourge of terrorism in all its forms.

"The government and people of South Africa extend deepest condolences to the government and people of Pakistan and especially to the families of the deceased and wish the injured a speedy recovery."

(Arshad Butt, AP)

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