US, France condemn Kabul attack
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 27, 2010, 21:43
New Delhi: The US and France on Saturday condemned the attack on Indians in Kabul, saying the terrorists who targeted innocent people on humanitarian mission work against peace and dialogue.

"I offer sincere condolences to the Government of India and the families, friends, and loved ones of those injured and killed in yesterday's tragic attack in Kabul," US Ambassador Timothy Roemer said in a statement here.

Hailing India's humanitarian commitment in Afghanistan in areas like agriculture, development and children's hospitals, he said it is improving the lives of so many in that country.

"India is helping ensure for Afghans a future of stability and prosperity," Roemer said, adding "the terrorists who targeted and murdered innocent people work against peace and dialogue and offer nothing but bloodshed, violence, and chaos."

The French Embassy, in a statement, termed the attack as a "dastardly" act and expressed its solidarity with India in the common fight against terrorism.

"Against the backdrop of the Mumbai and the more recent Pune attacks, France once again wishes to share in the grief of India, in losing its citizens to such dastardly acts of terror," it said.

"The Government of France assures the Prime Minister of India, Dr Manmohan Singh, of its complete solidarity with India and reaffirms its common determination with New Delhi to fight terrorism relentlessly," the statement said.

Taliban targeted hotels in Kabul housing Indians who were there in connection with development and reconstruction works. Six Indians were among 17 people killed in the attack.


First Published: Saturday, February 27, 2010, 21:43

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