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World leaders condemn Egypt attacks

World leaders united to roundly condemn the deadly triple bomb attack in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Dahab

india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 08:34 IST

World leaders united to roundly condemn the deadly triple bomb attack in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Dahab, with US President George W Bush branding it a "heinous act".

"I strongly condemn the killings that took place, the innocent lives lost," Bush said of the Monday's attacks that killed at least 22 people and wounded about 150 more, according to an Egyptian state television report.

"I assure the enemy ... We will bring them to justice for the sake of justice and humanity," he said.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, whose country has been a target of Islamist militant attacks targeting foreigners since the early 1990s, vowed that the perpetrators would be punished.

"The perpetrators of these heinous acts of terrorism will be tracked down and punished," Mubarak said.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw described the bombings as "appalling", targeting as they did a popular holiday resort on an Egyptian public holiday.

"Once again terrorists have demonstrated their callous disregard for human life," he said.

French President Jacques Chirac expressed his "consternation" and "categorically condemned these odious terrorist acts," according to a statement from his office, which said Paris "stood side by side with Egypt in the fight against terror."

Israel's prime minister-designate Ehud Olmert telephoned Mubarak to express his condolences and his office said, "The two leaders discussed the need for cooperation between the two countries in the fight against international terrorism.