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Obama flays bombings, calls India a close friend

US President Barack Obama strongly condemned the attacks in Mumbai today and offered support to bring the perpetrators to justice, according to a statement read by White House spokesman Jay Carney.

world Updated: Jul 14, 2011 01:54 IST
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Strongly condemning the serial blasts in Mumbai on Wednesday, US president Barrack Obama said India is a close friend and his country will help India bring the perpetrators to justice.

“India is a close friend and partner of the United States,” Obama said in a statement, adding, “The American people will stand with the Indian people in times of trial, and we will offer support to India’s efforts to bring the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice.”

He referred to his meetings with families of the victims of the 2008 attack while in Mumbai in November 2010, to say, “I saw firsthand the strength and resilience of the Indian people, and I have no doubt that the India will overcome these deplorable terrorist attacks.”

Pak condemns
Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the triple bomb blasts in Mumbai.

"President Zardari, Prime Minister Gilani, the government and the people of Pakistan have condemned the blasts in Mumbai and expressed distress on the loss of lives and injuries," a Foreign Office statement said.

"The president and the prime minister have expressed their deepest sympathies to the Indian leadership," it added.
Governor condemns Condemning the terror attacks, Governor K Sankaranarayanan said the attack is shocking and shows the desperate levels the terrorists have stooped to.

"The people of Mumbai have borne the maximum brunt of terrorism and yet they have shown remarkable resilience in the face of constant provocation.

No religion on earth justifies violence against innocent people, and I condemn the blasts in the strongest possible words,” he said in a statement.

"We cannot accept such mindless violence and have to go all out in our war against terrorism. Justice can be done only when terrorists and their sponsors are brought to book in the shortest possible time I convey my sympathies to the families of the victims of the blasts and wish speedy recovery to the injured," the statement read.

Time to help: CM
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan described the triple blasts as a ‘terror attack on the heart of India’.

In his first statement after the blasts, Chavan revealed that the blast at Opera House was much more powerful than the other two.

Chavan said it was not the right time to speculate about the motive and the people behind the attacks. “Our priority is to get people to hospitals where we have ensured that blood supply and operation theatres have been kept ready,” he said.

First Published: Jul 13, 2011 22:58 IST