China on Friday expressed hope that Iraq could resume stability
as soon as possible after al-Zarqawi's death.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman's office said this in a statement
in response to a question concerning the death of Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi, the al-Qaida leader in Iraq.
"We have noticed relevant reports about the development and hope
the security situation in Iraq would resume stability as soon as
possible so that the reconstruction process could move on," said
Al-Zarqawi was reportedly killed on Wednesday night by a US air
strike in an area northeast of Baghdad.
With a US$25 million bounty on his head, Zarqawi was reported to
be the top leader of the al-Qaida terror group in Iraq, and behind
some of the most gruesome kidnappings and killings in Iraq.
(Xinhua News Agency June 10, 2006)