Nazarbayev condoles with French president upon terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo

08 января 2015, 18:19
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Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has sent a telegram of condolence to the President of France Francois Hollander over the terrorist’s attack on the office of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7, Tengrinews reports citing the press service of Akorda.

The Kazakh President learnt about the tragic deaths of the French people with deep sorrow.

“Spread of terrorism around the world now became a threat for all nations. As for its part, Kazakhstan condemns any and all forms of terrorism and extremism that pose a threat to the international security,” the telegram said.

President Nazarbayev on behalf of the people of Kazakhstan and on his own behalf expressed sincere condolences to the families of the victims and to all French people.

Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry also released a statement that strongly condemned the terrorist attack. “Kazakhstan condemns the barbaric attack that occurred in Paris on January 7, 2015. We express sincere condolences to the families of the victims. We support the France in the fight against terrorism and all of its manifestations and we intend to continue working with our international partners to counter this vile threat,” the statement said.

Kazakhstan’s Senate Speaker Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev also criticized the terrorist attack. “Journalists were killed in the terrorist attack in Paris. This crime can not be justified. The fight against terrorism is the task of the international community," he wrote in his Twitter.

President François Hollande described the attack as a terrorist attack of the most extreme barbarity. The incident is France's deadliest act of violence against civilians since 1961.

On January 7, two masked gunmen stormed the headquarters of the French office of Charlie Hebdo killing 12 and wounding 11 people. Staff cartoonists of the magazine were all killed.

According to witnesses, the two men were shooting for 5-10 minutes. Currently, the police operation is underway to find the main suspects - two Franco-Algerian Muslim brothers Said Couachi and Cherif Couachi. Another suspect who drove the getaway car turned in to the police today.

Charlie Hebdo is a French weekly satirical magazine that is strongly anti-religious and left-wing. In 2011, it was fire-bombed and its website hacked, because of the magazine's controversial issue renamed "Charia Hebdo" (referring to Sharia law).

By Assel Satubaldina

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