Paying homage to the victims of the Mumbai terror attacks, Australian Defence Minister John Faulkner said on Thursday that such strikes highlighted the threat terrorism continued to pose and the need for continued vigilance.

Acknowledging the bravery and sacrifice of those who risked their lives to save others, Mr. Faulkner said: “In difficult conditions, Indian security forces battled bravely and successfully to rescue hundreds of innocent people caught up in the attacks.”

“Across the Indian Ocean, Australia was deeply shocked and appalled by the deadly and horrific attacks. Today as we remember the victims, we need to remind ourselves that the threat of international terrorism continues. We must remain vigilant and work together to defeat terrorism in all its forms,” AAP quoted him as telling the Senate.

Horrific event

Senate Opposition leader Nick Minchin said this was a horrific event. “We join Senator Faulkner in remembering those killed and wounded in this dreadful event,” he said. “We acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice of all those involved, those who tried to help those wounded and those whose memories will be scarred for life by their experience of that dreadful event.”

Greens leader Bob Brown said the attack showed the vulnerability of some of those manipulated to participate.

Hundreds of Indians, along with Australians and people of other nationalities, observed a candlelight vigil at the Federation Square in Melbourne.

CEO of Primus Telecom Australia Ravi Bhatia said the world should collectively act against terrorism.

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