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Indian-Americans condemn Pune blast

world Updated: Feb 14, 2010 12:01 IST

Condemning the Pune blast, the Indian-American community on Sunday said it was yet another example of the global reach of terrorism and asked authorities to find its perpetrators and take action against them.

"An attack at a popular site near a Jewish Centre that is frequented by tourists is meant to strike fear, damage India's growing tourism sector and cause instability and uncertainty," said Indian American Republican Council Chairman Dino Teppara.

"We cannot let that happen," he said, adding the latest attack, which claimed nine lives last night, "is yet another example of the global reach of international terrorism."

Noting that the US and India are in fact winning the war on terrorism, he said in Afghanistan, America is using drone attacks to take out Taliban targets tied to Pakistan.

"We're decimating terrorist cells that are aiming their attacks at both the United States and India. Instead of creating fear, these attacks will only strengthen our resolve to fight back aggressively and destroy those who seek to use violence against innocent people," Teppara said.

In another statement, the Non-Resident Indians for Secular and Harmonious India offered condolences to the families of the dead and prayed for recuperation of the injured.

"We ask the UPA government and the Maharashtra government to investigate the crime, find the perpetrators and take action against them to the fullest allowed by law," said the statement jointly issued by eminent Indian-Americans, including Srikumar Poddar, George Abraham, Najma Sultana and Mohammad Imran.