White House condemns those behind India train bombing

WASHINGTON Mon Feb 19, 2007 11:34am EST

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House on Monday condemned those responsible for two bomb explosions aboard a train bound from India to Pakistan.

"We express our deepest sorrow for this tragedy and extend condolences to the families of the victims. We appreciate the leadership of Indian Prime Minister (Manmohan) Singh and Pakistani President (Pervez) Musharraf, and condemn those who seek to undermine the progress in relations between the two countries," said White House spokesman David Almacy.

At least 66 people were killed on the train bound from the Indian capital to Pakistan, most of them Pakistanis. Officials said the attack appeared to be an attempt to sabotage a tentative peace process between the nuclear-armed neighbors.

The attack came just before Pakistani Foreign Minister Khursheed Mehmood Kasuri was due in New Delhi for talks with Indian leaders to push forward a slow-moving peace process.

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