EU evacuates Europeans injured in Mumbai attacks

December 2nd, 2008 - 2:57 am ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Dec 2 (DPA) An aircraft provided by France and Sweden has evacuated three Britons and three Spaniards injured in the Mumbai terror attacks, officials in Brussels said Monday.The injured, including two in serious condition, were accompanied by a Swedish medical team. Their plane landed in London early Monday.

The evacuation was part of EU rescue efforts that began on Thursday as part of the bloc’s civil protection mechanism. This provides medical evacuation facilities and consular assistance to European citizens caught in the world’s hotspots.

Austria and Greece have also offered to provide airplanes, whose cost for such purposes is shared among EU member states.

Last week’s terror attacks by heavily armed gunmen in India’s financial hub left 188 dead and over 300 injured.

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