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Leaders of many major countries and international organizations have strongly condemned the terror attacks in Mumbai, India, which killed at least 125 people and injuring 327.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday sent a message of condolences to Indian leaders, the presidential press service said.

"The monstrous crimes of terrorists in Mumbai arouse our wrath, indignation and unconditional condemnation," Medvedev said in a message to his Indian counterpart Pratibha Patil and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"The inhuman terrorist attacks on hospitals, hotels and other public places aimed at killing civilians, taking and murdering hostages are crimes directed against the foundation of civilized society," he said.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Thursday sent a message of condolences to his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, strongly condemning Wednesday's attacks, saying the Chinese government is firmly opposed to terrorism of any form.

On behalf of the Chinese government and himself, Wen expressed deep grief for the victims of the attacks and conveyed sincere condolences to the relatives of the victims and those wounded in the violence.

NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer on Thursday condemned the attacks. "I condemn in the strongest possible terms the mindless and indiscriminate terrorist attacks in Mumbai. Attacking innocent people, tourists, and patients in hospitals is despicable and cowardly," he said in a statement.

He expressed his solidarity with and sympathy to the Indian authorities, the Indian people, and the families of the victims.

"NATO, as part of the international community, is determined to spare no effort to fight the scourge of terrorism which should have no place in the 21st century," he said.

British leaders on Thursday condemned the attacks, and urged the world to "come together" to combat terrorism.

"I think I speak for the whole world, shock and outrage at the tragic destruction of innocent lives. I have already sent my sympathy and support to Prime Minister Singh of India and to say we will do everything we can to help the Indian government," British Prime Minister Gordon Brown told reporters.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier extended on Thursday their condolences to India over the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, vowing to offer assistance.

In her message of condolence, Merkel said Germany condemned "these criminal acts in strong terms," and "our thoughts are with the victims and their families."

The Swiss government on Thursday condemned the series of terrorist attacks in public places, which have killed more than 100 people.

"Switzerland condemns these terrorist acts as absolutely unjustifiable," the Foreign Ministry in Bern said in a statement.

The Japanese government on Thursday condemned the deadly attacks in India and vowed cooperation with the Indian government's fight against terrorism.

Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso said in a statement that the terrorist attacks are "malicious, contemptible and totally unacceptable." He expressed indignation and "condemn in the strongest terms these terrorist acts."

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Thursday condemned the terrorist attacks in Mumbai and vowed support for India in fighting against terrorism.

"Canada condemns in the strongest terms the despicable and cowardly attacks in Mumbai, India," Harper said in a statement.

"These attacks targeted people from India and around the world, " he said. "They were attacks on values we hold dear, and we share your loss."

"As a fellow democracy, Canada stands firmly with the government and people of India in your fight against terror and as you face with resolve one of the darkest times a country can ever experience," he said.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Thursday also condemned the terrorist attacks in India. "Iran is also a victim of terrorist attacks and is ready to fight against such evil acts on all levels," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said in a statement.

Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa condemned on Thursday the series of terrorist attacks in India's Mumbai which have killed at least 119 people.

Moussa expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and to the Indian government and people, noting that such terrorist attacks aggravate the vicious circle of violence.

Meanwhile, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak issued a presidential statement on Thursday denouncing the terrorist attacks.

Many other organizations and countries have also expressed shock and indignation over the killing of innocent people in Mumbai, and showed their deep sympathies to the victims.

(Xinhua News Agency November 28, 2008)

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