China condemns violent attack in Stockholm

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China condemns violent attack in Stockholm

Beijing, Apr 8 (PTI) China condemned today the violent attack in central Stockholm that killed four people and injured many others on a busy street in the Swedish capital.

“Our thoughts are with the victims, and we express our sincere sympathy to the injured and the bereaved,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

“We will stand with the Swedish side to safeguard stability and security of the two countries and the world at large,” the spokesperson said.

President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have sent messages of condolences to the Swedish side, Hua said.

The Chinese embassy in Sweden activated an emergency response mechanism immediately after the attack, and issued a safety warning, according to Hua.

“We have not received any reports of death or injuries of Chinese citizens, and we will follow closely the developments and properly deal with any follow-up matters,” state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Hua as saying.

Yesterday, a truck ploughed into pedestrians on a busy shopping street before crashing into a department store in central Stockholm, killing at least four and wounding many others.

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