Philippine president condemns bombings in Istanbul

Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday condemned the suicide bombings in Turkey that killed at least 27 people, saying the global coalition should hit back at terrorists.

Pickup trucks laden with explosives detonated Thursday in front of the British consulate and a London-based bank in Istanbul just days after suicide bombers struck two Istanbul synagogues, killing 23. Al-Qaida has been blamed for the attacks.

"We join the world in condemning this latest incident of terrorism in Istanbul, which is a center of democracy and political moderation," Arroyo, one of the staunchest supporters of the U.S.-led war on terror, said in a statement. "Turkey has been an active partner in the global fight against terror, and we have no option but to fight back in concert with such allies.

"The world is at war with terror and our people must drive this deep into their consciousness so that our day-to-day vigilance and alertness will not wane."

She directed foreign affairs officials to assist Filipinos who may have been injured in the blasts. There were no immediate reports of casualties among the estimated 1,500 Filipinos who work in Turkey.

21/11/2003

Bron : San Francisco Gate

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