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Japanese PM condemns Manchester attack

TOKYO, May 23 (KUNA) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday condemned a terrorist attack in the northern England city of Manchester and asserted Japan's solidarity with Britain.
In a condolence message delivered to British Prime Minister Theresa May following Monday's deadly blast in Manchester stadium, Abe said, "I am deeply shocked by that the appalling terrorist attack occurred at a concert venue where many young music lovers gathered," according to the Foreign Ministry.
"On behalf of the Japanese government and people, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the victims and extend our sympathies to those who have been injured. The terrorist attack targeted the peaceful lives and young people with future. It is outrageous," Abe said.
The premier also expressed sincere solidarity with Britain at this difficult time. "The Group of Seven (G-7) countries will express their strong determination to combat terrorism at the summit in Taormina, Italy. Japan is determined to fight terrorism hand-in-hand with Britain and the rest of the international community," he stressed.
According to media report, the terrorist attack at a pop concert by Ariana Grande in Britain on Monday night resulted in killing 19 people and injuring about 50 others. (end) mk.hb