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US deplores 'cowardly' Delhi high court bombing

world Updated: Sep 07, 2011 21:39 IST

The United States on Wednesday condemned the "cowardly" bombing outside the Delhi high court, and praised the courage of the Indian people "in the face of horrific violence."

"The United States condemns in the strongest terms this morning's deadly bombing outside the New Delhi high court, and extends its deepest condolences to those affected by these cowardly attacks," US state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement.

"The people of India have once again demonstrated remarkable resiliency and courage in the face of horrific violence," Nuland said.

Nuland said the United States "stands ready to offer any and all assistance to Indian authorities," and that Washington was monitoring the situation to ensure "the safety and security" of US citizens in India.

"Terrorism is a scourge that affects us all and the United States stands with India in confronting this global challenge," she added.

Wednesday's powerful bomb, hidden in a briefcase, ripped through a busy crowd outside the court, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens more.

It was the first major attack on Indian soil since triple blasts in Mumbai on July 13 killed 26 people.