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Day after Paris attack, China mourns loss of human lives

Day after Paris attack, China mourns loss of human lives
“We are deeply shocked at the attack and strongly condemn it,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said, “We mourn?the victims and express our sympathies to the bereaved families and the injured.” “China firmly opposes all forms of terrorism and supports French efforts to protect domestic security,” Hong added.

The attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday by two heavily armed men with possible links to al-Qaida has killed 12 people including four cartoonists.

The masked, black-clad men with assault rifles stormed the offices near Paris’ Bastille monument to attack the publication, which had long drawn condemnation and threats.

The brazen broad daylight attack also drew strong condemnation on social networking sites by ordinary citizens. “Respect for life should be the bottom-line of all human beings,” a blogger wrote on Sina Weibo, Chinese equivalent of micro-blogging site Twitter. Many also posted images of candles to show sympathy.

China has experienced several deadly terrorist attacks in recent years. Zhang Dexing witnessed the attack in Kunming. He got the news about events in Paris on the Internet.
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