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World reacts to Mumbai blasts

Pakistan: Terrorism 'bane of our times and it must be condemned'

Rescuers search for bodies inside the mangled compartment of one of the trains hit in the blasts.




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(CNN) -- Nations worldwide reacted harshly to Tuesday's deadly attacks on commuter trains and stations in the Indian financial capital of Mumbai. Here are some of the comments:

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

"The series of blasts in Jammu and Kashmir and in Mumbai 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. I condemn these shameful acts aimed at our peace-loving people.

"I reiterate our commitment to fighting terror in all its forms. The people of Jammu and Kashmir have been facing attacks of terrorists with courage and fortitude in the past. I am sure they would continue to fight terror resolutely.

"We will work to defeat the evil designs of terrorists and will not allow them to succeed. I urge the people to remain calm, not to believe rumors and carry on their activities normally. The government will take all possible measures to maintain law and order and defeat the forces of terrorism."

Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

"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.

"The president and prime minister of Pakistan have also strongly condemned this terrorist attack and have expressed condolences over the loss of innocent lives.

"Terrorism is a bane of our times and it must be condemned, rejected and countered effectively and comprehensively."

U.S. President George W. Bush

"On behalf of the American people, [first lady] Laura and I send our deepest condolences to the friends and families of the victims of today's brutal attacks on commuter rail passengers in Mumbai.

"The United States stands with the people and the government of India and condemns in the strongest terms these atrocities, which were committed against innocent people as they went about their daily lives.

"Such acts only strengthen the resolve of the international community to stand united against terrorism and to declare unequivocally that there is no justification for the vicious murder of innocent people."

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer

"The Australian government condemns the horrific bombings in Mumbai overnight, and expresses profound sympathy and support for the government and people of India in the face of these cowardly terrorist attacks.

"This senseless slaughter of innocent civilians reinforces the continuing importance of strong international resolve to confront the threat posed by terrorism wherever it threatens our communities.

"There have been numerous other attacks on the Indian state in recent years, and we share with India a determination to deepen our counter-terrorism efforts as part of establishing broad regional co-operation to combat violent extremism in all its forms."

French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy

"I condemn in the strongest terms the attacks that took place in Bombay, following those that were committed this morning in Srinagar, which caused the deaths of numerous people.

"Nothing can justify such acts.

"I offer my most sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims. France expresses its complete solidarity with the Indian authorities in this challenge they face."

South African President Thabo Mbeki

"The government and people of South Africa join the international community in expressing its outrage at the blasts in Mumbai today that killed scores of people while wounding others.

"In this regard we express our confidence that the Indian authorities will ensure that those responsible will face the consequences of their own actions.

"During this difficult moment we join the people of India in their hour of bereavement while reaching out to those who lost their loved ones and wishing those wounded a speedy recovery."

British 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, through our shared values and our shared determination to defeat terrorism in all its forms."

Spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan

"The secretary-general is appalled by the brutal and callous bombing of trains in Mumbai. ... Such acts cannot possibly be excused by any grievance.

"The secretary-general believes that such acts serve only to reaffirm that terrorism constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and to increase the urgency of coordinated action by all countries to defeat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, whenever, wherever and for whatever purpose.

"The secretary-general extends his deepest condolences to the government and people of India, and to all who have lost loved ones in this horrific slaughter."

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