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World Condemns Deadly Terror Attacks in India


The international community has condemned the terror attacks in the Indian financial capital, Mumbai.

The White House said the United States is ready to help the Indian government, and President George Bush offered condolences to the victims' families.

A spokeswoman for U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, Brooke Anderson, issued a statement saying the coordinated attacks on innocent lives demonstrate the grave and urgent threat of terrorism.

The Pakistani government said Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani expressed sorrow for the victims of the attack.

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the European Union also condemned the attacks. Officials say at least one staff member with the European Parliament was among those wounded.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said no cause or grievance can justify the indiscriminate attacks against civilians. He called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice swiftly.

Australia's acting foreign minister, Simon Cream, denounced the attacks as a cowardly terrorist assault on democracy. At least two Australians were wounded.

The Japanese foreign ministry said at least one Japanese citizen was killed and another wounded in the attacks.

Canada's Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon also condemned the savage terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

The English Middlesex cricket team announced it would not be traveling to Mumbai as planned Thursday following the terror attacks. The team is participating in the Premier League Twenty20 competition. The team captain, Shaun Udal, says the tournament will continue, but with matches moved from Mumbai to Bangalore.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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