World condemns suicide attack in India

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Indian soldiers examine the debris after an explosion in Lethpora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Thursday. Reuters

NEW DELHI (ANI) – The international community has extended support to India following a deadly suicide bombing which claimed the lives of nearly 40 security personnel in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.

As many as 48 countries on Saturday condemned the ghastly terror attack that shook the nation on Thursday.

The White House released a statement condemning the “heinous terrorist attack” by a Pakistan-based terrorist group.

“We express our deep condolences to the victims’ families, the Indian government, and the Indian people for the loss of life in this brutal attack,” the statement read.

The United States also called on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region. “This attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counterterrorism cooperation and coordination between the United States and India,” read the statement.

The US State Department issued a statement assuring that the United States is resolutely committed to working with the Indian government to combat terrorism in all its forms.

“The UN designated, Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Muhammad has claimed responsibility for this heinous act. We call on all countries to uphold their responsibilities pursuant to UN Security Council resolutions to deny safe haven and support for terrorists,” the State Department stated in the press release.

The United Nations on Thursday strongly condemned the terrorist attack. “We strongly condemn today’s attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. We express our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and to the people and the Government of India. We wish a speedy recovery to injured and call for those behind the attack to be brought to justice,” the UN said in a statement.

Russia denounced terrorism in all its forms and manifestation.

The Embassy of the Russian Federation tweeted, “We denounce terrorism in all its forms & reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive & collective response without any double standards. We express condolences to families of the deceased & wish a speedy recovery to injured.”

French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian termed the Pulwama attack as “vile”.

Several other countries including Canada, Germany, Saudi Arabia, and UAE have also condemned the ghastly attack.

The European Union (EU) expressed its dismay and condolences, asserting that terrorism can never be justified.

“As a strategic partner of India, The EU reaffirms its full solidarity at such a difficult moment. The European Union stands by India in fighting terrorism and will continue to strengthen its cooperation in this regard,” stated the EU.

The United Kingdom offered condolences following the attack. Its Foreign Secretary wrote, “Shocked by today’s senseless and brutal act of terror in India-administered Kashmir. I offer my sincere condolences to the victims’ families. We stand with India.”

Australia, too, came forward to convey condolences.

“Australia condemns the heinous terrorist attack on an Indian police convoy in Jammu and Kashmir. We convey our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and all those injured. Our thoughts are with my friend Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Indian people,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina condoled the death of the soldiers.

“Excellency, on behalf of the people and the Government of Bangladesh, and on my own behalf, let me convey our heartfelt condolences for the loss of lives of more than 37 CRPF troops who were travelling by a bus in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir this afternoon. Bangladesh strongly condemns this dastardly terrorist attack,” she wrote in her letter to Mr Modi.

The Mauritius Ministry of Foreign also termed the attack “vile” and expressed sympathy to the Indian government and people following the attack.

“Mauritius stands in staunch solidarity with the Government of India and remains committed to the fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations,” a stetament said.

Several Gulf countries including the UAE, KSA, Oman, Iran, and Bahrain came forward to condemn the dastardly attack. The countries also extended support to India in its fight against extremism and terrorism.

Condemning the ghastly attack, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wrote to Mr Modi to express solidarity against terrorism.

“I resolutely condemn the vicious terrorist attack carried out yesterday in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir. On behalf of the Japanese government and people, I would like to extend my sincere condolences to those who lost their lives and their bereaved families, and express my heartfelt sympathy to those who were injured. I express my heartfelt solidarity to the people of India in the process of overcoming this difficult time. Such act of terrorism cannot be justified for any reason. Japan is firmly committed to combatting terrorism in cooperation with India and the international community,” he wrote.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also extended support to India and tweeted, “To my dear friend, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, we stand with you, the security forces and the people of India following this heinous terrorist attack. We send our condolences to the families of the victims.”

South Korea also came forward to convey condolences to the Indian government. In a press release, South Korea said: “It is the ROK Government’s firm position that terrorism is a crime against humanity that cannot be justified under any circumstances and must be eradicated.”

Nepalese Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli spoke to Mr Modi and expressed his condolences, concern, and condemnation over the attack.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also expressed his condolences and condemned the attack.

“Several countries including Romania, Czech Republic, Estonia, Andorra, The Netherlands, Tajikistan, Croatia, Greece, Seychelles, Mexico, Dominican Republic, South Africa, Finland, Belgium, Lebanon, Turkey, and Portugal condemned the attack and extended support and conveyed condolences.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrote to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday to condemn the terror attack.

He also expressed deep sympathy to families of the victims and injured.

Pakistan, too, on Thursday termed as “a matter of grave concern” the terror attack on the CRPF convoy. In a statement, Pakistan Foreign Ministry said, “We have always condemned acts of violence anywhere in the world.”

The convoy comprised of 78 buses in which around 2,500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar. The slain personnel were on a bus which had 42 CRPF men on board.

Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, claimed responsibility for the attack which left the bus extensively damaged in the blast and ensuing gunfire on the vehicle.

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