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Malaysia marks grim Hari Raya after MH17 crash

Published on Jul 28, 2014 12:53 PM
A Malaysian Muslim man offers prayers with his son at the national mosque in Kuala Lumpur on July 28, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia on Monday marked a solemn Hari Raya as families of those aboard downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 mourned the dead.

Prime Minister Najib Razak expressed his "extreme sadness, most profound sympathy and deepest condolences" to MH17 families, as well as relatives of those aboard another Malaysia Airlines jet, MH370, that went missing on March 8.

"Of course, I am able to feel and imagine what they would be going through when, upon waking up on the morning of Eid al-Fitr, their loved ones are not with them," he said in a televised address late Sunday.

Forty-three Malaysian passengers and crew were among the 298 people aboard flight MH17, which is believed to have been shot down by a missile over violence-wracked eastern Ukraine on July 17. None on board survived.

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