We stand united with India: World leaders extend solidarity over Pulwama terror attack
A suicide bomber from the Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus in Pulwama district on Thursday killing over 40 personnel. The incident sent a shockwave and sparked a strong reaction from India's allies and its neighbours.
Leaders from all across the globe condemned the ghastly attack and extended solidarity and support to India, reiterating their protest against terrorism.
"President Ashraf Ghani strongly condemns terror attack targeting CRPF personnel in Jammu and Kashmir. Afghanistan expresses sympathy and deep condolences to the Indian government and people, and the families of the soldiers who fell victim to the incident," an official statement read.
"Terrorism is cancer in the region, and it requires collective efforts to root it out."
Taking Pakistan's name, the United States called on 'Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region.'
'We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. The United States stands alongside India in confronting terror and defeating it, 'US ambassador to India Kenneth Juster tweeted on Thursday.
'We are deeply shocked by this attack. We offer our condolences and sympathies to the injured and families of the bereaved. We firmly oppose and strongly condemn all form of terrorism,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said.
'We hope all relevant regional countries will cooperate to deal with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold the regional peace and stability,' he said.
Calling for a strong response to terror, Russian embassy also said on Twitter, 'We denounce terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with a decisive and collective response without any double standards.'
"To my dear friend, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, we stand with you, the security forces and the people of India following this heinous terrorist attack. We send our condolences to the families of the victims."
Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih tweeted, "I strongly condemn the deadly terrorist attack in Kashmir today killing at least 40 people. We send our thoughts and prayers to those affected. The Maldives will continue to work with India and the international community to combat terrorism in our region and the world at large."
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli was one of the first foreign leaders to speak to PM Narendra Modi during which he expresses his condolences on the terror attack.
In a statement, Nepal government said, "In line with its principled position, Nepal unequivocally condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and believes that such heinous acts of terrorism cannot be justified on any ground."
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in a tweet also expressed his condolences. He said, 'I strongly condemn the brutal terrorist attack in Kashmir's Pulwama district — the worst ever terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989. I express my condolences to @narendramodi and the families of police officers who lost their lives.'