India on Monday strongly condemned the twin suicide bomb blasts in Moscow earlier in the day, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh writing to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to assure him of India's solidarity with the country in combating the forces of violence and terrorism.

“It is with great anguish that I have learnt of the bomb blasts in Moscow, which have led to the loss of so many innocent lives. This is a most tragic and horrific act of violence. At this difficult hour our thoughts are with you, the people of Russia and the families and friends of the victims of this terrible tragedy. On behalf of the Government and people of India, I convey our deepest condolences,” Dr. Singh said in the letter to Mr. Medvedev.

The Ministry of External Affairs has termed the killing of civilians as “targeted violence” and hoped the “perpetrators of these senseless attacks” will be brought to justice.

“The Government reiterates its conviction that only collective efforts by the international community can combat the scourge of terrorism that the world is facing today,” the Foreign Office statement added.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna said: “India condemns these horrendous attacks and my sympathies go out to those who have been killed and who have suffered in this attack.”