Hadi Mizban  /  AP
An Iraq student walks past a banner expressing condolences for the shooting victims at Virginia Tech, on the fence of Baghdad Technology University, on Tuesday. Universities and academics have been among the hardest hit by the violence plaguing Iraq, but students still found themselves saddened by last week's massacre at the U.S. university.
updated 4/15/2008 11:46:41 AM ET 2008-04-15T15:46:41

Students in Baghdad, where universities have been hard hit by violence, said they were saddened by last week’s massacre at Virginia Tech and hung up a banner to express their solidarity with “our brothers in humanity and in pursuing knowledge.”

“We want to let the whole world know that we do not support terrorism anywhere,” said Yassir Nazar, head of the student union at Baghdad Technology University, who organized the hanging of the banner near the campus gate.

It reads, “We, the students of Technology University, denounce the attack at Virginia Tech. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims who faced a situation as bad as Iraq’s universities do. The sanctity of campuses must be protected around the world.”

“We have lost many friends and professors,” Nazar said Monday. “But in spite of our wounds, we want to show our solidarity with the students of Virginia Tech who are our brothers in humanity and in pursuing knowledge.”

Student Asma Suhail echoed that sentiment.

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