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Letter to the Indian Prime Minister following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai

"Deeply shocked and saddened" by the attacks in Mumbai, the World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia has strongly condemned "such wanton acts of terrorism and violence targeting innocent human lives" in a letter dated 27 November.

27 November 2008

Dr Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister of India

Geneva, 27 November 2008

Your Excellency,

We have been deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai last night which killed more than 100 people and injured more than 250 others. The World Council of Churches, whose membership includes most of India's Christian churches, strongly condemns such wanton acts of terrorism and violence targeting innocent human lives. We believe that there can be no justification whatsoever for such despicable acts of terrorism and indiscriminate violence.

By expressing our strong condemnation of this act of terrorism, we express our sincere condolences and sympathy to the Government and People of India, especially to the families of those who were killed and injured. We hold all citizens of India in our thoughts and prayers as you pass through this tragic and critical time.

As people of faith who believe in the sacredness of life of every human being, we are committed to working with governments and all people of goodwill to build communities where all will live in peace and security regardless of who or where they are.

Yours in the name of peace,

Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia

WCC general secretary