US denounces Varanasi terror attack

December 8th, 2010 - 2:57 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Dec 8 (IANS) US Ambassador Timothy J. Roemer Wednesday condemned the “deplorable and cowardly” bomb attack in Varanasi that left a girl child dead and over 20 people injured.

Offering his “heartfelt condolences” to the Indian people and to the victims, Roemer described Varanasi as “a city well-known for the tolerance of its citizens and acceptance of religious diversity”.

A two-year-old girl was killed when an explosive device concealed in the steps leading to the Ganga went off Tuesday during the evening “maha aarti” that was being watched by hundreds.

“The perpetrators of this senseless act have accomplished nothing,” the American envoy said. “Their message is one of death and destruction, which accomplishes nothing.”

He said the US stood “shoulder to shoulder with the people of India in condemning such meaningless violence and brutal attacks on the innocent”.

“We stand ready to provide any appropriate assistance to the Indian government to investigate this heinous crime and bring the perpetrators to justice.”

The ambassador said he had visited Varanasi and had “been inspired by attending the aarti ceremony on the banks of the Ganga.

“The spirit of this great city that has been embedded into the soul of its citizens for the past 3,000 years by all faiths will overcome today’s tragic event so that Varanasi continues to be a shining example to the world of peace, tolerance, and religious freedom.”

He added: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of the victims and for the speedy recovery of those who have been injured.”

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