Chinese premier condoles Kerala temple deaths

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Beijing, April 12 (IANS) Chinese Premier Li Keqiang has expressed grief over the death of 110 people in a fireworks disaster in a temple in Kerala.

“I would like to extend, on behalf of the Chinese government and in my name, profound condolences to the victims and heartfelt sympathy to their families and those injured,” Xinhua quoted Li as telling his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi as saying in a message.

In a message to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said he too was shocked to learn of the tragedy that also left more than 350 people injured in Kollam district on Sunday.

“I’d like to express … my profound condolences and heartfelt sympathies,” said Wang.

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