Statement by the Press Secretary/ Director-general for Press and Public Relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on the Bombing Attack in Boumerdes Province, Algeria

August 20, 2008

  1. The Government of Japan is deeply shocked and greatly angered by the suicide bombing attack which took place in the morning of August 19 at a gendarme training academy in Boumerdes Province, Algeria, killing and injuring many people.  The Government of Japan expresses its deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the victims and their bereaved families, and to the many people who were injured by this attack.
  2. Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason, and the Government of Japan firmly condemns such heinous act of terrorism that victimizes many innocent people.