Britain condemns Lahore attack

2010-07-02 19:32

London - British Foreign Secretary William Hague on Friday condemned the suicide attack in Lahore as a "vicious and inhuman act", and offered his "resolute support" for Pakistan's efforts to battle extremism.

"This was a vicious and inhuman act. Britain stands alongside the people and government of Pakistan against those who commit such appalling atrocities," Hague said in a statement responding to the bombing, which killed 42 people.

"We will be a firm friend to Pakistan as it works towards a safer and more prosperous future for all its citizens, and will continue our resolute support for efforts to prevent such attacks in the future."

Hague added that he sent his "deepest sympathies" to those affected by the attack.

He was reacting after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in an Islamic shrine dedicated to a Sufi saint packed with worshippers, killing 42 people.

Pakistan has been hit by a wave of attacks by the Taliban and other Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist extremists that have killed more than 3 400 people in the last three years.

But a spokesperson for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan denied it was involved in Thursday's attack.