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Britain, US condemn Uttar Pradesh blasts


New Delhi : Britain and the US Friday condemned the blasts that took place Friday in the civil court premises of three Uttar Pradesh cities, killing at least 13 people.

In a statement issued Friday, the US embassy said that, “such acts strengthen the resolve of all well-intentioned people, including India’s friends in the international community, to defeat terror and build peace based on rule of law”.

“We condemn all forms of terrorism. It is a particularly worrying development that the judiciary and the legal system have been attacked. Our thoughts are with the affected families,” said British High Commissioner to India Richard Stagg said in a statement.

Multiple blasts ripped through the civil court premises in Lucknow, Faizabad and Varanasi within five minutes of each other killing at least 13 people in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state.

Security was beefed up and the blast sites sealed off after the perfectly coordinated explosions around 1.30 p.m. – when the civil courts were buzzing with lunchtime crowds of thousands of lawyers and their clients.

Nine people were killed and 40 injured in the temple town of Varanasi, 300 km from Lucknow, in three blasts within the court compound. In Faizabad, 120 km from the state capital, there were two blasts that claimed the lives of four people.

The blast in Lucknow was of low intensity.