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Bush calls Singh to offer support, condolences
Thu, Nov 27 19:31 PM IST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush telephoned Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday to offer support and express his condolences after the attacks in Mumbai that killed at least 101 people.

"The president offered support and assistance to the government of India as it works to restore order, provide safety to its people and comfort to the victims and their families, and investigate these despicable acts," White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said in a statement.

Bush was being updated regularly on the events in India while he spent the U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving at the Camp David presidential retreat just outside Washington.

The White House National Security Council on Wednesday convened officials from counter-terrorism and intelligence agencies as well as the State Department and Pentagon to discuss the Mumbai attacks.

The attackers appeared to target British and Americans as they sought hostages. Police have said at least six foreigners were killed and another 287 people were wounded in the attacks, which were claimed by the little-known Deccan Mujahideen group.

U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, who takes office on Jan. 20, has also condemned the attacks.

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