Blast reax: Obama, Sonia Gandhi condemn attacks
As the home minister addresses the nation local politicians begin to start calling for the government to take immediate action.
US President Barack Obama has offered US help in bringing the perpetrators of the Mumbai blasts to justice. "India is a close friend and partner of the United States. The American people will stand with the Indian people in times of trial, and we will offer support to India's efforts to bring the perpetrators of these terrible crimes to justice," he said.
Indian PM Manmohan Singh condemned the attacks and asked the people of Mumbai to stay calm, while Congress President Sonia Gandhi offered condolences to the families of those dead and injured and condemned the blasts.
The state of Pakistan has expressed its shock and disbelief at the Mumbai blasts. "President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, the Government and the people of Pakistan, have condemned the blasts in Mumbai and expressed distress on the loss of lives and injuries. The President and the Prime Minister have expressed their deepest sympathies to the Indian leadership on the loss of lives, injuries and damage to property in Mumbai."
India's Vice-President Hamid Ansari on the Mumbai blasts: "He expressed deep shock at the scale of the attacks targeted against innocent people that have caused numerous fatalities and casualties. He said that such terrorist acts are aimed at destabilizing the nation and urged all citizens to unite in this critical hour. He expressed deepest condolences to the families of those killed and injured in the attacks," said a statement from his office.
The government should find out those behind this evening's serial blasts in Mumbai, the Shiv Sena said. "There is chaos everywhere. This must be a terrorist act as it happened in three places," senior Sena leader Manohar Joshi said after reaching Dadar, one of the three sites of the blasts.
"I want that the government take immediate steps and find out who are people behind the blasts," Joshi said. Lyricist Javed Akhtar said "No words are strong enough to condemn the attacks." "This menace called terrorism.... something has to be done.
Something drastic. This is not acceptable," he said. Explosions have been reported in south Mumbai's Javeri Bazar, Dadar in Central Mumbai, and Opera House in Charni Road.
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