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World leaders condemn Mumbai attacks

india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 11:39 IST
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Blair condemns Mumbai blasts

British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Tuesday night condemned the bomb blasts in Mumbai and Jammu and Kashmir as "brutal and shameful attacks" and asserted there could be no justification for terrorism.

In a statement, Blair said Britain stood with India and shared its determination to defeat terrorism in all its forms.

"I condemn utterly the brutal and shameful attacks. There can never be any justification for terrorism," he said.

"We stand united with India, as the world's largest democracy, through our shared values and our shared determination to defeat terrorism in all its forms," the British Prime Minister said.

"Our thoughts are with the victims and their families," he added. 

Germany call blasts 'underhand' terrorist attack

Germany vehemently condemned the multiple train attacks in India that cost at least 140 lives, with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier calling it an "underhand" terrorist attack.

"The attacks in India have profoundly upset me," Steinmeier said in a statement. "The German government condemns with the utmost firmness these underhand terrorist acts."

He said those responsible for the seven coordinated explosions on packed trains in Mumbai should be caught in order to "account for their actions".

The blasts in Mumbai were one of the worst attacks in the country in recent years.
 
France expresses 'solidarity' with India

French President Jacques Chirac on Tuesday condemned a bomb attack that killed 140 people on commuter trains in the Indian financial capital Mumbai and expressed his country's "solidarity" with India.

"It is with emotion and indignation that I learned of the terrible toll of the terrorist attacks which struck several Indian rail installations," Chirac said in a message sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and made public by Chirac's office.

"France condemns these acts, which nothing can justify, with the greatest firmness," Chirac added in his message. "I want to express to you, and to the Indian people, France's solidarity in the face of this ordeal and my condolences."

Police were quick to blame the attack on "terrorists", with suspicion falling on Islamists who have been fighting Indian rule in the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.

Thabo Mbeki expresses 'outrage'

South African President Thabo Mbeki expressed his "outrage" and condemnation of a series of blasts in Mumbai, India, that have left at least 140 people dead.

In a message of support to President Abdul Kalam, Mbeki said, "The government and people of South Africa join the international community in expressing its outrage at the blasts in Mumbai today that killed scores of people while wounding others.

"In this regard we express our confidence that the Indian authorities will ensure that those responsible will face the consequences of their own actions," the South African leader said.

"During this difficult moment we join the people of India in their hour of bereavement while reaching out to those who lost their loved ones and wishing those wounded a speedy recovery," Mbeki added.

EU terms Mumbai blasts 'act of terrorism'

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana condemned the attacks on rush-hour trains that killed at least 140 people in India's financial capital Mumbai.

European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana condemned the attacks on rush-hour trains that killed at least 140 people in Mumbai.

"I am shocked by today's bomb attacks in the city of Mumbai and I condemn in the strongest possible terms these despicable acts of terrorism, which have caused death and injuries to scores of innocent people," he said.

"I wish to convey my deepest condolences and solidarity to the families of the victims and to the government and the people of India and my sympathy to all those who have been injured.

"I hope that those responsible for these horrible acts of terrorism will be brought to justice," he said in a statement.

Seven explosions ripped through commuter trains during evening rush hour in Mumbai. At least 140 people were killed and more than 250 injured in what police were quick to call a terrorist attack.

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