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GLENEAGLES, Scotland (CNN) -- Flanked by the somber leaders of the world's largest industrial nations at the G8 summit in Scotland, British Prime Minister Tony Blair condemned what he said were likely terrorist attacks in London.

"We condemn utterly these barbaric attacks. We send our profound condolences to the victims and their families.

"All of our countries have suffered from the impact of terrorism. Those responsible have no respect for human life. We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation, but all nations and on civilized people everywhere.

"We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values, nor will we allow it to stop the work of this summit. We will continue our deliberations in the interest of a better world.

"Here at the summit, the world's leaders are striving to combat world poverty and save and improve human life.

"The perpetrators of today's attacks are intent on destroying human life. The terrorists will not succeed. Today's bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply held principles of our societies and to defeat those who impose their fanaticism and extremism on all of us.

"We shall prevail and they shall not."

An hour earlier, Blair spoke to reporters and said: "It's reasonably clear there has been a series of terrorist attacks in London."

He said it appeared they had been timed to the opening of the G8 summit in Scotland.

There have been casualties, he said "both people that have died and people seriously injured."

"It's particularly barbaric that this has happened on a day when people are meeting try to try -- to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa and the long-term problems of climate change and the environment.

"Just as it's recently clear this is a terrorist attack or series of terrorist attacks, it's also reasonably clear that it is designed and aimed to coincide with the opening of the G8."

Blair said he would leave the summit and head to London.

"It's my intention to leave the G8 within the next couple of hours and go down to London and get a report face to face with the police and the emergency services and the ministers dealing with this, and then to return later this evening."

He said it is, "The will of all the leaders at the G8" that the meeting, which Blair is hosting, continue while he is away.

"Each of the countries around that table has some experience of the effects of terrorism, and all the leaders, as they will indicate a little bit later, share our complete resolution to defeat this terrorism," Blair said.

Blair said it important to stop terrorists from trying to destroy "what we hold dear in this country and in other civilized nations throughout the world."

"It's important, however, that those engaged in terrorism realize that our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people in a desire to impose extremism on the world."

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