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US, UK, France, Pak condemn attack on Indian Embassy in Kabul

The US, Britain, France and Pakistan on Thursday condemned the suicide attack at Indian Embassy in Kabul, describing it as "deeply troubling" act which amounts to targeting of the entire international community.

delhi Updated: Oct 08, 2009 23:51 IST

The US, Britain, France and Pakistan on Thursday condemned the suicide attack at Indian Embassy in Kabul, describing it as "deeply troubling" act which amounts to targeting of the entire international community.

"I want to extend both to the Foreign Secretary and to the people of India the United States of America's support to India, its concern about this bombing which is deeply troubling," US Ambassador Timothy J Roemer said.

"As we find out more details we will have more to say," he told reporters in New Delhi.

In a statement, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said, "By attacking the diplomatic representation of a state once again, the terrorists have chosen the entire international community that aids and supports the Afghan people as a target."

He conveyed sincerest condolences to the families, near and dear ones of the victims and assured the Indian and Afghan authorities of France's "deep solidarity in this ordeal."

British High Commissioner Richard Stagg said, "I condemn unreservedly the awful attack which took place in Kabul earlier today. Our thoughts and condolences are with the injured and with the families of those killed."

In a statement, he said "My Foreign Minister, David Miliband, spoke to Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna earlier today to express his sympathies."

Condemning the suicide attack which killed 17 people and injured nearly 80 others, including three ITBP jawans, Pakistan said it was carried out by elements who want to damage relations between India and Pakistan and sabotage coalition peace efforts in Afghanistan.

In an apparent reference to Pakistan, Afghanistan said the attack was "planned and implemented from outside the borders of Afghanistan" and it was being investigated.