The U.S. and U.K. on Sunday condemned the bomb blast in Pune with Washington saying it will “assist” India as needed to help bring the perpetrators of the “cowardly act” to justice.

Offering his condolences, U.S. Ambassador to India Timothy J. Roemer said: “On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend heartfelt sympathy to the Government of India and the victims” of the terror strike.

“The U.S. remains shoulder-to-shoulder with India in the fight against terror and will assist as needed to help bring the perpetrators of this cowardly act to justice,” Mr. Roemer said.

In a statement, the British High Commission condemned the Pune attack and expressed U.K.’s solidarity with India.

“We condemn the cowardly attack on innocent people in Pune. The U.K. expresses its wholehearted solidarity with India.

Our sympathies and condolences are with the families of all those affected in this incident,” it said.

In the first major attack since the 26/11 carnage, terror struck Pune on Saturday night as a powerful bomb ripped apart a popular bakery near a Jewish prayer house, killing nine people and injuring 57, including foreigners.

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