Boston bombings: India puts embassy, consulate general on alert



New Delhi: India has put its Embassy in Washington and the Consulate General in New York on alert following the twin bombings in Boston although there have been no reports as yet of any Indian nationals being injured.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), in a statement, noted that President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh have strongly condemned the bombings in central Boston that took place yesterday.

The solidarity and sympathy of the people of India have been expressed by India's leadership, including in a letter of condolence sent by the Prime Minister to the US President earlier this morning, it said.

As has been underlined by India's leaders, India remains committed to the effort to defeat terrorism and to uphold the values that define democratic nations such as ours, it added.

"Although no reports have as yet been received of injuries caused to Indian nationals as a result of this despicable act, our Embassy in Washington DC and our Consulate General in New York have been placed on alert.

"Indian nationals with concerns to report may do so at the Embassy's emergency number, (001) 202 939 7000," the statement said.

PTI