Church in India Condemns Terrorism and Urges Probe into Attack

NEW DELHI, India, DEC. 16, 2001 ( The Catholic Church in India severely condemned all forms of terrorism, particularly the recent attack on Parliament.

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Archbishop Vincent Concessao of Delhi, first vice president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India, condemned the Dec. 13 attack on Parliament, and appealed to terrorist groups to follow the path of nonviolence.

He also called for an inquiry into the whole incident and expressed surprise over intelligence failure in India.

The archbishop told the SAR Catholic news agency said that the Church in India is deeply shocked at the shootout around the Parliament House, which left 12 dead, including seven security men.

The archbishop expressed his condolences to the victims of terrorism in the country. Five terrorists dressed in commando uniforms started firing at the security guard in front of Parliament House late Thursday morning.

A 45-minute gun battle between the terrorists and the security personnel ensued. Senior government ministers and more than 200 members of Parliament were inside the Central Hall when the attack took place.

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