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Wednesday, September 17

Australia Condemns Bombings in New Delhi

Australia condemns the bombings in the Indian capital, New Delhi, on Saturday 13 September and offers its deepest sympathies to the victims of the attacks, their families and the people of India.
These attacks on a democratic, tolerant, open society are repugnant. Australia hopes the perpetrators are brought to justice quickly.
During my visit to India last week I conveyed the Australian Government’s condolences for other recent terrorist attacks on India, including the appalling bombing at the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan.

I recommitted Australia to continued cooperation with India in our common fight against terrorism and extremism.
The 13 September attacks occurred in three busy shopping centres, including in the central business district. The attacks were clearly intended to inflict maximum casualties on innocent civilians.
The attacks are reported to have killed 24 people and wounded over 150 more. Indian authorities found a further four unexploded bombs, two of them at the popular tourist site of India Gate. There can be no justification for these reprehensible acts.
The Australian High Commission is in contact with Indian authorities and is seeking to confirm if any Australians were involved. There are no reports of any Australians affected at this stage.