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U.S. expresses condolences over deadly blasts in Kaohsiung
Central News Agency
2014-08-05 08:01 PM
Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) The United States on Tuesday offered condolences to Taiwan on the casualties suffered in a series of deadly gas explosions that ripped through a neighborhood in Kaohsiung City last week. American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Christopher Marut expressed deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and to those injured in the underground explosions in the southern port city on July 31. "The people of the United States stand with the people of Taiwan during this difficult time," he said in a statement on the AIT's official website. The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties. The series of underground gas explosions ripped through Kaohsiung on July 31 just before midnight, killing 28 people and injuring over 300. An investigation into the blasts is in progress. Last week, Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union also expressed condolences over the disaster. The blasts followed the crash of a TransAsia Airways flight in the outlying island county of Penghu on July 23, which killed 48 of the 58 people on board. In a symbol of national mourning for the victims of the two incidents, government agencies around Taiwan have been flying the country's flag at half-mast since Tuesday and will continue to do so until Thursday. (By Elaine Hou)
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