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Foreign Office Minister sends condolences following train crash in South Africa

Minister for Africa Henry Bellingham sent his condolences to the people of South Africa following a train collision in Soweto on 19 May that is reported to have injured more than 850 people.

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Speaking on arrival in the Cote D’Ivoire, at the start of a 10 day visit to Africa, he said:

“I was saddened to hear of the train collision in Soweto on 19 May, which resulted in injuries to many local people. I would like to extend my heartfelt sympathy to those involved and their families. South Africa is a close friend of the UK and we wish all those involved a speedy recovery from this tragic event.”

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Published 20 May 2011