US condemns Delhi bombings

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims says, Rice, wishing quick recovery to those injured.

india Updated: Oct 30, 2005 18:59 IST

The United States has condemned the multiple terror attacks in New Delhi, terming it 'heinous crime' and another "sad reminder that terror knows no borders and respects no religion."

In a statement late on Saturday night Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the people of the United States stand with the people of India during this difficult time.

She said, "Today is another sad reminder that terror knows no borders and respects no religion. Fighting terror is our common struggle, and we stand with the people of India as they bring to justice those responsible for these cowardly acts."

She said the terror attacks, which have killed more than fifty and wounded many are "more heinous in that they deliberately targeted innocent civilians preparing for holiday celebrations."

Ms Rice said "our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims," and wished quick recovery to those injured.

Meanwhile the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) called the terrorist attacks, "a jolt to the fight against terrorism".

The timing of the blasts, just before an important festival of India - Diwali, and the picking of crowded shopping districts clearly indicates that these attacks had been meticulously and callously planned, it added.

"No words are strong enough to condemn such atrocities," the USINPAC said in a statement on Saturday.

The Indian Muslim Council - USA an advocacy group dedicated to promoting pluralism in India and the US, strongly condemned the killing of innocent civilians in the blast.

In a statement here the Council denounced the terrorists behind the bombings saying, "Such heinous acts of violence can never be justified by any cause. We extend our sincerest condolences to the families of the men, women and children who were killed. These innocent civilians were out shopping for the Diwali and Eid-ul-Fitr (Ramadan) and now, instead of celebrating their religious holidays, the families will be mourning their irreparable losses."

The UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, said he's particularly shocked because "the attacks have been committed on the eve of the Hindu festival Diwali."

All the major newspapers in the United States carried front page reports on the latest terrorist attacks in New Delhi.

First Published: Oct 30, 2005 09:45 IST