The terrorist attack on the Indian parliament has drawn strong condemnation from the United States and a condolence call by Secretary of State Colin Powell to his Indian counterpart, Jaswant Singh.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the United States strongly condemns what he termed the outrageous attack on India's parliament. He said no one can justify the deliberate targeting of civilians.
He said what he termed the "brutal assault on the heart of Indian democracy" is an attack on all democracies and an attempt to undermine those seeking peace and stability in South Asia.
Mr. Boucher said the United States extends deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of the New Delhi attack, as well as condolences to India, which he said has suffered many terrorist attacks over the years. He said Secretary of State Powell had made a condolence call to Indian Foreign Minister Jaswant Singh, in which he expressed U.S. determination to cooperate with India in its fight against terrorism.
The United States has tightened security ties with India since the September 11 terror attacks in New York and Washington, with trips to New Delhi by Mr.Powell and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and a White House visit last month by Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.