World offers solidarity with Londoners

The world has recoiled in shock after bombs tore through London's transport system, killing 37 people in a coordinated rush-hour attack that Britain said bore the hallmarks of al- Qaida.

    Spain's leader, recalling Madrid's bombings, expressed empathy

    Messages of sympathy and solidarity poured in from nations, particularly

    those whose civilian populations have been targeted by previous attacks.

    "We Spaniards know well the suffering that the British

    people are going through today," Prime Minister Jose Luis

    Rodriguez Zapatero said, referring to train bombs in Madrid last

    year that killed 191 people. 

    US President George Bush stood side by side with British Prime Minister Tony Blair

    at the G8 summit meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland, to say world

    leaders would react resolutely.

    "Their resolve is as strong as my resolve," Bush said. "We

    will find [the perpetrators]. We will bring them to justice. And

    at the same time we will spread an ideology of hope and

    compassion that will overwhelm their ideology of hate."

    Australia expressed worries at a

    lack of intelligence on the bombings. "To the best of my

    knowledge there wasn't any intelligence ... that is of some

    concern," said Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. 

    Condemnation

    There was solidarity for the victims, the

    British government and its citizens from statesmen, religious

    leaders and ordinary people from round the globe. 

    UN chief Kofi Annan said he
    grieved

    with all Londoners

    "I grieve with all Londoners at the wounds that have been

    inflicted on this wonderful city - the city that is home to p

    eople from so many countries and cultures," said UN Secretary-

    General Kofi Annan.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said the bombings were

    "inhuman crimes", Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern called them

    "a black mark on society" and Pope Benedict XVI deplored "these

    barbaric acts against humanity".

    Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, said the

    attacks showed no country was immune from terrorism. 

    Joy into sorrow

    The state China Daily newspaper said in an editorial: "We

    are in deep sorrow for the cataclysm that has been visited upon

    the city of London, just one day after we extended our

    congratulations on its winning the 2012 Summer Olympics."

    The International Olympic Committee expressed grief. "I'm

    deeply saddened that this should happen at the heart of an

    Olympic city," IOC president Jacques Rogge said.

    "Unfortunately

    there is no safe haven. No one can say their city is safe"
     


    Jacques Rogge, International Olympic Committee president

    "Unfortunately

    there is no safe haven. No one can say their city is safe," he added. 

    Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom sought to compare

    the attacks with his country's struggle against Palestinian fighters.

    "This attack shows us once again that terrorism is not

    Israel's problem only," he said. 

    The Palestinian resistance group Hamas, responsible for many

    attacks on Israelis, condemned the London bombings. 

    "Targeting civilians in their transport means and lives is

    denounced and rejected," said Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy chief of the

    group's political bureau.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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