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Ban strongly condemns India attacks

Latest update : 2008-07-28

The UN chief strongly condemned the weekend bombings in India that left at least 38 were killed and over 100 injured in coordinated bomb blasts in Ahmedabad, just a day after eight bombings in the southern IT centre of Bangalore.

The UN chief on Sunday condemned the weekend bombings in India "in the strongest terms," while the United States said it stood with the Indian people in their fight against terrorism.
   
UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon "condemns in the strongest of terms the series of bombings in two cities in India that have killed and wounded a large number of civilians," his spokesperson on India said in a statement.
   
"He reiterates that no cause or grievance can justify terrorist acts of this kind and appeals for restraint in the face of such provocation," he said, adding that Ban was sending "his deepest sympathies" to the families of the victims and the government of India.
   
In Washington, White House National Security Council spokesperson Gordon Johndroe offered the United States' "sincere condolences to the families of those lost in this weekend's bombings and to all the people of India.
   
"We stand with the Indian people as they continue to confront terrorism," he added in a statement.
   
Indian leaders appealed for calm Sunday as the army was called out after a wave of 16 bombings in markets, buses and hospitals killed 45 people and left 160 injured in Ahmedabad, a city rocked by deadly Hindu-Muslim riots six years ago.
   
The attacks came just one day after another wave of nine bombings in the southern high-tech capital of Bangalore left one dead and several injured -- prompting the government to put the entire country on high alert.
 

Date created : 2008-07-28

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