WASHINGTON (AP) _ Here is the text of a statement issued by the State Department after the assault by Egyptian commandos on the hijacked Egyptair jet at the Malta airport:

The United States supports the difficult decision of the governments of Malta and Egypt to end the brutal terrorist hijacking of Egyptair Flight 648. The terrorists commandeered the aircraft and then murdered and wounded innocent passengers, including Americans. We are advised that at the time of the rescue, the terrorists detonated explosives which killed and wounded additional passengers.

We are saddened by the tragic loss of innocent life resulting from this act of terrorism and extend our deepest sympathy to all those who suffered through this ordeal.

Terrorism, by its very nature, rejects the values civilized peoples hold dear. Those who direct and support these despicable acts must know that we remain determined that justice be done. We call on the international community of nations to cooperate in ending this scourge against humanity.