Kaohsiung, Aug. 12 (CNA) A national religious service was held in Kaohsiung on Tuesday in memory of the victims of last month's explosions in Kaohsiung and plane crash in Penghu. The event brought together approximately 10,000 people from more than 30 local religious groups covering Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Taoism. President Ma Ying-jeou
also attended the event along with Vice President Wu Den-yih, Premier Jiang Yi-huah
, Legislative Yuan speaker Wang Jin-pyng and Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu. The gas explosions tore through Kaohsiung on July 31 just before midnight, killing 30 people and injuring over 300. They 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. The flight originated in Kaohsiung.
(By Wang Shwu-fen and Y.F. Low)