Two South Africans injured in Boston blasts

Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - At least two South Africans were injured in the blasts that occurred near the finish line of Monday's Boston Marathon in the American city where the race was held, according to South Africa's international relations and co-operation department.

Twenty-six South African citizens took part in the race, which was swept by African runners.

The department said two officials of the South African consulate in New York have been sent to Boston to help deal with the incident and assist South Africans on the ground.

"They will also monitor and update the story as it develops and check if any other South Africans were injured,” department spokesman Clayson Monyela said.

Meanwhile, the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has described the attacks as “senseless”.

“There can be no justification for such a despicable attack... and it deserves to be condemned by the world community,” ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said in a statement.

“We call on the government of the United States of America to do everything in its power to bring to book those that are responsible... We also call on the world community under the auspices of the United Nations to join hands in the fight against terrorism,” he said.
-0- PANA CU/SEG 16April2013

16 april 2013 11:40:31




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