Britain stands solidly behind India: Gordon Brown

November 27th, 2008 - 4:27 am ICT by IANS  

Gordon BrownLondon, Nov 27 (IANS) British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has condemned Wednesday’s terrorist attacks in Mumbai, saying Britain stands “solidly behind” India and offering all help to combat the terrorists.Brown sent a message to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in which he said the “outrageous attacks” will be met with a “vigorous response.”

Amid reports of terrorists specifically seeking out British and American nationals, Brown also offered every possible protection to any British citizens who may be caught up in the attacks.

However, it as not immediately known if any British citizens were being held hostage by the terrorists.

British Foreign Minister David Miliband joined in the condemnation, saying the attacks had claimed “many innocent victims” and were a reminder of the threat faced from “violent extremists”.

“Today’s attacks in Mumbai which have claimed many innocent victims remind us, yet again, of the threat we face from violent extremists. I condemn these attacks unreservedly.

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed and injured. The UK and India will continue their joint efforts to counter the actions of terrorists,” Miliband said.

Britons told television channels that there were two gun-toting terrorists in the luxury Trident (formerly Oberoi) hotel and that they had asked specifically for people holding British or American passports.

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