Annan condemns deadly attack on political rally in Bangladesh

23 August 2004
Kofi Annan

Secretary-General Kofi Annan has deplored Saturday's bombing of an opposition political rally in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, which reportedly killed more than a dozen people.

Mr. Annan was "appalled" at the news of the grenade attack, which also injured many of the participants in the rally, his spokesman said in a statement.

Strongly condemning the use of violence against civilians, the Secretary-General called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice, and urged all concerned to show restraint in the days ahead.


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