Washington/London/Moscow/Chicago, Nov.27 : There has been widespread international condemnation of the series of shootings across Mumbai in which at least 80 people have been killed and many more injured. Following are some of the statements issued by heads of state, government and leaders, as reported by the BBC.
"These outrageous attacks in Mumbai will be met with a vigorous response. I have sent a message to [Indian] Prime Minister [Manmohan] Singh that the UK stands solidly with his government as they respond, and to offer all necessary help. Urgent action is underway to offer every possible protection to British citizens in the region," said British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said: "President Bush offers his condolences to the Indian people and the families of the innocent civilians killed and injured in the attacks in Mumbai, India. The United States condemns this terrorist attack and we will continue to stand with the people of India in this time of tragedy. This afternoon, the White House National Security Council convened officials from counter-terrorism and intelligence agencies as well as the state and defence Departments.The US government continues to monitor the situation, including the safety and security of our citizens, and stands ready to assist and support the Indian government.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who is due to visit India early next month said: "We are concerned about the loss of life and consider that acts of terrorism of this type are harmful to the whole international order and are a challenge to humanity."
A spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban ki Moon, said: "The secretary general condemns the rash of shootings and blasts in Mumbai today, which killed and wounded a large number of people. Such violence is totally unacceptable. The secretary general reiterates his conviction that no cause or grievance can justify indiscriminate attacks against civilians. He calls for the perpetrators to be brought to justice swiftly.[He] sends his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims and the wounded and expresses his solidarity with the people and government of India.
The office of the Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said: "Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, while strongly condemning the incidents of violence in Mumbai, has expressed deep sorrow over the loss of precious lives."
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said: "Whichever group has perpetrated this attack, they are cowards, absolute cowards, and murderers.This cowardly attack on India's stability, peace and democracy reminds us all that international terrorism is far from defeated, and that we must all maintain our vigilance."
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said: "This kind of terrorism is unforgivable, extremely despicable and vicious. I feel strong resentment and deeply condemn it.Japan is with the Indian people who are fighting against terrorism and we will cooperate with the Indian government."