Statement by Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Minister for Foreign Affairs, on the Terrorist Attack in Kenya

November 29, 2002

  1. I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the Governments of Kenya and Israel, and to the families of the victims of the terrorist bombing incident that occurred in the hotel in Mombasa, Coast Province of Kenya, on November 28 local time, in which close to a hundred people were killed or injured.

  2. At almost the same time as the hotel incident, there was also a terrorist attack on the Israeli airliner that had just taken off from Mombasa airport. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and Japan condemns every such terrorist attack heartlessly targeted at large numbers of innocent people, and hopes that the cause of the series of incidents will be investigated at an early date.

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