US condemns car bombing in Kashmir
1 October 2001
The Hindustan Times
Washington DC: The United States condemned a suicide bombing on the legislature in Kashmir on Monday, saying that no cause could justify attacks on civilians. The suicide car bomb killed 29 people and India accused neighboring Pakistan of aiding and abetting the bombers. U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said: ''We very strongly condemn the attack today in Kashmir, as we have previous attacks. We think that no cause can justify the deliberate targeting of civilians. ''India is a key partner in the global coalition against terrorism. We believe that terrorism must be ended everywhere. ''We have continued to maintain a policy on Kashmir. It looks to everybody with influence to reduce the violence and try to see that the situation there is resolved peacefully.'' The United States sympathizes with the victims and sends condolences to India, the spokesman added. The spokesman did not comment on the Indian allegations against Pakistan, a country the United States wants to cooperate with in its campaign against Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. Bin Laden is the prime suspect in the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, which left some 6,000 people dead or missing. The attack in Kashmir was the latest in years of violence in the troubled state. Rebels have been fighting Indian rule of the country''s only Muslim- majority state since 1989. Tens of thousands of people have been killed.