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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release January 31, 1995


The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the terrible atrocity in Algiers yesterday which took the lives of dozens of innocent Algerians and wounded hundreds more. On behalf of the American people, I want to express my deepest sympathy to the Government of Algeria and to the families of the victims. Such indiscriminate and senseless terror cannot be excused or justified. It can only serve to deepen the profound crisis and increase the suffering through which Algeria is now living.

This outrage comes just one week after a similar terrorist bombing in Israel. Whether in Netanya or Algiers, extremism, violence and terror must not silence the voices of those who work for peace and reconciliation. It is our profound hope that reason and dialogue can transcend violence and hate and that a better future can be realized for all the people of Algeria.

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