Modi joins world leaders in condemning Paris attack

  • Agencies, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 07, 2015 22:17 IST

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined world leaders on Wednesday in condemning the "barbaric" Paris attack on the office of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo which left 12 people dead.

Modi calls Paris attack 'despicable'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi described as "condemnable and despicable" the terror attack on a French satirical magazine. "Our solidarity with the people of France. My thoughts are with families of those who lost their lives," Modi tweeted.

Cameron condemns the "barbaric" attack

British Prime Minister David Cameron condemned the "barbaric" attack saying Britain stood with its ally against "all forms of terrorism".

Cameron made the comments about the attack in Paris at the start of his weekly question and answer session in parliament's lower House of Commons.

"I'm sure the whole House will want join me in condemning the barbaric attack this morning on an office of a magazine in Paris," he said. "While details are still unclear, I know that this house and this country stands united with the French people in our opposition to all forms of terrorism and we stand squarely for free speech and democracy," he added.

Earlier, Cameron said in a Twitter message that the killings were "sickening", while Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said he was "appalled" to hear about the "apparent terrorist attack".

White House condemns Paris newspaper attack

The United States said it condemned Wednesday's deadly shooting attack on a French newspaper in the "strongest possible terms." "Everybody here at the White House are with the families of those who were killed or injured in this attack," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said, speaking on MSNBC.

Obama condemns 'horrific' attack on French newspaper
US President Barack Obama condemned an attack in Paris on the offices of a satirical newspaper calling it a "terrorist attack" and pledging US assistance. "We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice," he said.

EU's Juncker condemns 'barbarism' of Paris magazine attack

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker condemned the attack in Paris calling it an act of "barbarism". "I am profoundly shocked by the brutal and inhuman attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo. This is an intolerable act, an act of barbarism which challenges us all as human and Europeans," Juncker said in a statement issued by the 28-nation EU.

Arab League and top Muslim body condemn Paris attack

The Arab League and Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam's most prestigious centre of learning, both condemned a deadly attack on a Paris satirical newspaper. "Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi strongly condemns the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo newspaper in Paris," the League said after gunmen stormed the weekly's offices killing at least 12 people and chanting "Allahu Akbar" (God is greatest).

Al-Azhar condemned the "criminal attack," saying that "Islam denounces any violence", in remarks carried by Egypt's state news agency MENA.

In a separate statement to AFP, Al-Azhar senior official Abbas Shoman said the institution "does not approve of using violence even if it was in response to an offence committed against sacred Muslim sentiments".

Putin 'resolutely condemns terrorism' after Paris attack

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent condolences to victims of Wednesday's deadly attack in France and condemned "terrorism", his spokesman said Wednesday.

"Moscow resolutely condemns terrorism in all its forms," Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS news agency, adding: "Nothing can justify terrorist attacks."
A Kremlin statement said the president "harshly condemned this cynical crime and confirmed his readiness to continue active cooperation in the battle against the threat of terrorism."

Putin "expressed his deep condolences to French President Francois Hollande," the Kremlin said. "He passed words of sympathy and support to the relatives and loved ones of those who died as well as wishes of a speedy recovery to all those who suffered from the hands of extremists."

(Inputs from AFP and IANS)

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