Thailand expresses condolences to Norway over twin attacks

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BANGKOK, July 24 – Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on Sunday sent a letter of condolence to his Norwegian counterpart over July 22’s twin shooting and bomb attacks in Oslo and a nearby island which killed at least 92 people and wounded several more.

The outgoing Thai premier’s condolence letter was sent to Norwegian Prime Minster Jens Stoltenberg.

Thai Foreign Affairs Minister Kasit Priomya also offered condolences to his counterpart Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian foreign affairs minister.

In the meantime, the Royal Thai Government strongly condemns the attacks in Oslo and Utøya Island which took place on 22 July 2011, causing numerous deaths and injuries. All forms of violence against innocent civilians are never justified, no matter the cause, according to the statement on the attacks in Norway published on the website of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 24.

The Royal Thai Government expresses its profound sympathies and condolences to the victims and the bereaved families, as well as to the Government and people of Norway.

The bomb blast on Friday (July 22) in central Oslo, where the prime minister’s office and several government buildings are located, was followed by a horrific mass shooting spree an island hosting a youth retreat on Utøya Island.

Both tragedies currently have claimed at least 92 lives, injured 97 others and left several missing.

Police said on Sunday that the suspect in Norway’s twin attacks says he acted alone in a “cruel” but “necessary” slaughter planned over many months, according to a news report by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

In another related development, the Norwegian royal couple, premier and other ministers attended a sombre mass at Oslo cathedral on Sunday in memory of the 92 victims killed in Friday’s twin attacks.