Pakistan sends condolence over Cambodia stampede deaths

17:58, November 23, 2010      

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Pakistan Tuesday sent condolences to Cambodia over the death of at least 345 people in a stampede in the capital Phnom Penh, the Foreign Ministry said.

Hundreds more were injured when people were crushed on a small island on the final day of the Water Festival, reports said.

"I was deeply shocked to learn that a large number of people lost their lives and many more were injured as a result of the unfortunate incident on a bridge serving the Koh Pich Island in Phnom Penh on the final night of the water festival celebrations," Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said in a message to his Cambodian counterpart.

Reports said that the panic broke out after a concert on Diamond Island, which followed a boat race on the Tonle Sap river regarded as a highlight of the festivities.

"On behalf of the people of Pakistan and on my own behalf, I wish to convey to you and to the friendly people of the Kingdom of Cambodia, especially the victims and those who have lost their loved ones, our heartfelt sympathy and condolences over their loss and hardship due to this tragic incident," Gilani said.



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