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2007/12/28 08:37 KST
Seoul denounces assassination of former Pakistani premier Bhutto

   SEOUL, Dec. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea condemned Friday the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and extended condolences to the family of the deceased.

   The 54-year-old Pakistani opposition leader was killed Thursday in a gun and suicide bomb attack after a rally in the city of Rawalpindi. Islamic militants were suspected to be behind the assassination while some reports said al-Qaeda has claimed responsibility.

   "The government cannot hide its bitter shock over the death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who was killed by terrorists on Thursday while on an election campaign, and it offers its sincerest condolences to the family of the deceased," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

   "Our government condemns any type of terrorist acts," the statement said. "The government hopes Pakistan will be stabilized through peaceful means."
bdk@yna.co.kr
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