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Last Updated: Tuesday, 11 July 2006, 21:57 GMT 22:57 UK
Mumbai bombs: Reaction in quotes
Leaders in India and around the world give their reaction to the deadly bomb attacks on commuter trains in the country's financial heart, Mumbai.

INDIAN PRIME MINISTER MANMOHAN SINGH

"The series of blasts... are shocking and cowardly attempts to spread a feeling of fear and terror among our citizens. My heart reaches out and grieves for all those affected by these blasts and who have lost their near and dear ones...

"I am confident that the people of this great city have the will and courage to face this situation and will stand firm in their resolve to carry on their normal activities without succumbing to threats of terror. We will work to defeat the evil designs of terrorists and will not allow them to succeed."

PAKISTAN FOREIGN MINISTRY STATEMENT

"Pakistan strongly condemns the series of bomb blasts on commuter trains in Mumbai, India. This despicable act of terrorism has resulted in the loss of a large number of precious lives... Terrorism is a bane of our times and it must be condemned, rejected and countered effectively and comprehensively."

US SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE

"There is no political cause that can justify the murder of innocent people. The United States stands with India in the war against terror. Those responsible for these terrible acts should be swiftly brought to justice."

SPANISH PRIME MINISTER JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ ZAPATERO

"In the name of the Spanish government and on my own behalf, I want to express my profound sadness for these very serious terrorist attacks which have struck your country.

"I also want to express the solidarity and affection of the Spanish people... Today's attacks against seven trains in Bombay recall the tragic scenes we lived out in Madrid on 11 March 2004."

UK PRIME MINISTER TONY BLAIR

"I condemn utterly these brutal and shameful attacks. There can never be any justification for terrorism. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families. We stand united with India, as the world's largest democracy who share our values and determination to defeat terrorism in all its forms."

AFGHAN PRESIDENT HAMID KARZAI

"This terrorist act is shocking and despicable. It is aimed at killing innocent civilians and I condemn it in the strongest terms... Afghans have suffered at the hands of terrorists for many years and understand the pain and suffering that terrorism causes. My thoughts are with the families of the victims and those injured."

RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN

"There is no, and there can be no, justification for a crime of such cynicism and monstrosity. The terrorists guilty of this crime must be severely punished."




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