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Bush:  US Will Continue to Track Down Terrorists, Despite Karachi Attack - 2002-06-14


President Bush blames "radical killers" for the deadly truck bomb outside the U.S. consulate in Karachi. Eleven people were killed in the blast. President Bush says Friday's truck bomb will not deter the United States from tracking down those responsible for the violence of September 11 as well as a series of attacks in Pakistan since the start of the U.S.-led war in neighboring Afghanistan.

"If these people think they are going to intimidate the United States, they do not understand the United States of America," stressed Mr. Bush. "We will continue to hunt them down and seek justice."

President Bush says those responsible for the bombing have no regard for human life. They claim they are religious people, and then they blow-up Muslims, he says, referring to the Pakistani civilians killed outside the U.S. consulate.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer says the bombing is a "vivid reminder" of the fact that the nation is at war and terrorists will use whatever means are at their disposal to harm Americans and others.

The State Department ordered all non-essential personnel and embassy family to leave Pakistan after a March 17 grenade attack at a church that killed five people include the wife and daughter of a U.S. embassy employee.

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