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US sends condolences for deadly blasts in Kaohsiung

TAIPEI -- The United States on Tuesday offered condolences to Taiwan on the casualties suffered in a series of deadly gas explosions that ripped through a neighborhood in Kaohsiung City last week.

American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Christopher Marut expressed deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and to those injured in the underground explosions in the southern port city on July 31.

“The people of the United States stand with the people of Taiwan during this difficult time,” he said in a statement on the AIT's official website.

The AIT represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties.

The series of underground gas explosions ripped through Kaohsiung on July 31 just before midnight, killing 28 people and injuring over 300. An investigation into the blasts is in progress.

Last week, Japan, the United Kingdom and the European Union also expressed condolences over the disaster.

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