Australian Foreign Minister condemns Bangalore and Ahmedabad blasts

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Canberra (Australia), July 28 : Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith has condemned the serial bombings in both Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

"The Australian Government condemns the bomb attacks in Ahmedabad and Bangalore ... and extends its condolences to the Indian Government and people," The Australian quoted Smith, as saying.

His comments came as Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and India's Home Minister Shivraj Patil are heading for Ahmedabad to visit the survivors of the blasts in various hospitals and also be briefed about the security situation in the city.

"It is of great concern that India is facing a series of terrorist attacks in its cities which are taking a terrible toll on ordinary people," Smith said.

"There can be no justification for these murderous crimes. The deliberate targeting of hospitals where wounded were being treated is particularly abhorrent," he added.

A total of 49 people were killed and more than 160 wounded when several bombs exploded across the city on Saturday.

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