World condemns attack; France vows to fight back

RSTV Bureau

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a conference of Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of Indian Institute of Technology at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Leaders across the world are coming out strongly condemning the deadly multiple terror attack in France. More than 120 people have been killed in the siege and shootout in and around the capital city Paris on Friday, November 13. According to state authorities, simultaneous attacks took place in as many as seven locations.

Condemning the attack on innocent civilians, President Pranab Mukherjee expressed anguish over the incident saying, “Strongly condemn terrorist attacks in Paris, India stands firmly by France, my heart goes out to its people,” writing on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Vice President Md. Hamid Ansari condemned the dreadful incident as not just an attack on Paris but against all humanity. In a statement he said, “I am shocked by the terrorist attack in Paris. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those whose loved ones have been killed, and with the French people”. He also added that “there can be no justification for such barbaric and reprehensible acts”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is currently on a three-day visit to UK, offered France all possible assistance, affirming that India too “feel the shock, pain and outrage of the people of France. India stands firmly with the great people of France in dealing with this tragedy.”

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“What happened in Paris yesterday is an attack on humanity and the world should accept that it is not an attack on Paris, not an attack on French citizens, not an attack on France but an attack on humanity,” PM Modi added condemning the terror attacks.

British Prime Minister David Cameron too expressed his shock, taking to the micro-blogging site Twitter saying, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the French people. We will do whatever we can to help.”

Claiming that she was shaken by the attack, German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a statement adding, “Deeply shaken by the news and pictures that are reaching us from Paris…. (Our) thoughts were with the victims of the apparent terrorist attack.”

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon too condemned the brutal multiple attacks, dubbing them as “the despicable terrorist attacks”.

Calling it an attack on humanity, US President Barack Obama remarked that the attack is not just on France but on all of humanity and the universal values. Obama also strongly pledged to work with France to bring those responsible to justice.

File Photo ( PTI )

File Photo ( PTI )

“Once again we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorise innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris; it’s an attack not just on the people of France. But this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share,” Barack Obama told the press.

“The US stands prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance that the government and people of France need to respond,” the US President added.

In a telegram to his French counterpart, Russian President Vladimir Putin extended help to get to the bottom of the dastardly terror attack.

“I would like to confirm that Russian is ready for close cooperation with out French counterpart in investigating this crime in Paris. I hope the perpetrators will receive the deserved punishment,” Putin said.

Meanwhile, French President Francois Hollande pledged that the country will “wage a pitiless war” against terrorism.

“We are going to lead a war which will be pitiless,” he said at the Bataclan Concert Hall, the site of one of the attacks.

“Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow,” the French President added.

According to the officials, President Hollande has now cancelled his visit to the G20 summit in Turkey following the multiple terror attacks.

(With inputs from the Agencies)