Image: Tony Blair with G8 leaders.
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British Prime Minister Tony Blair, center, surrounded by world leaders, speaks at the G8 summit in Gleneagles, Scotland, as leaders of the world's most powerful countries unite to condemn a wave of attacks in London on Thursday.
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updated 7/7/2005 4:24:22 PM ET 2005-07-07T20:24:22

The U.N. Security Council, in an emergency meeting, condemned “without reservation” the terror attack in London Thursday and urged nations to prosecute perpetrators of such “barbaric acts.” Condolences poured in from around the world as major cities bolstered security.

In a resolution adopted by a 15-0 vote at an emergency meeting, the council expressed condolences to the victims of the bomb blasts on subway trains and an explosion that blew the roof off a double-decker bus killing dozens and wounding hundreds.

The Security Council “condemns without reservation the terrorist attacks in London on July 7, 2005 and regards any act of terrorism as a threat to peace and security,” said the resolution, drafted by Britain. It urged all nations “to cooperate actively in efforts to find and bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors of these barbaric acts.”

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in his own statement, said, "These vicious acts have cut us all to the core.”

“Today, the world stands shoulder to shoulder with the British people, who with others around the world had mobilized so powerfully against poverty and climate change ahead of the Group of Eight summit,” said Annan, who left London minutes before the blasts to attend the summit in Scotland.

Prayers from the pope
Pope Benedict calling the attacks “barbaric acts against humanity,” as security was bolstered in most major cities.

The pope deplored the blasts in a telegram sent by the Vatican’s Secretary of State to Britain’s Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the archbishop of Westminster.

“Deeply saddened by the news of the terrorist attacks in central London, the Holy Father offers fervent prayers for the victims and for all those who mourn,” the telegram said.

“While he deplores these barbaric acts against humanity he asks you to convey to the families of the injured his spiritual closeness at this time of grief,” it said.

“Upon the people of Great Britain he invokes the consolation that only God can give in such circumstances,” it said.

“It’s reasonably clear there have been a series of terrorist attacks," Prime Minister Tony Blair said.

“It is particularly barbaric that this has happened on a day when people are meeting to try to help the problems of poverty in Africa, the long-term problems of climate change and the environment. Whatever they do, it is our determination that they will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear in this country.”

President Bush offered his “heartfelt condolences” and vowed "we will not yield to the terrorists.” He also warned Americans to be “extra vigilant” as they headed to work.

Drama for all of Europe
France’s prime minister said the explosions were a drama for all of Europe, noting terrorists struck the Spanish capital in March 2004. The Madrid train bombs killed 191 people.

Dominique de Villepin said the French government stood ready to offer the British authorities assistance and cooperation they needed.

“Faced with these odious acts, I must express my most profound solidarity, my friendship and my support for the British people, and in particular for the people of London,” he said.

“More than ever, democracies must rally together and show unity in the face of the terrorist threat. More than ever, we must show vigilance and determination,” he later added.

Meantime, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero issued a statement from his office.

“Spain, which has suffered the scourge of terrorism, both national and international for years, offers its immediate and unconditional help, as well as its full support to the United Kingdom to pursue the criminals that have carried out such a repulsive attack.”

French members of parliament suspended work in solidarity with the victims and President Jacques Chirac offered Blair his condolences at a summit they are attending in Scotland.

Villepin put France on its second highest level of security after convening his defense, interior and foreign ministers to discuss the series of explosions on London buses and the underground railway.

'This is terrorism'
Other European leaders condemned the attacks and vowed to fight terrorism:

  • Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern: “This is terrorism and violence perpetrated against ordinary people ... it’s just a black mark on society, a devastating blow against people... This is a huge emergency. A terrible, sad day,”
  • Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende: “Terrorism is an evil that threatens all the countries in Europe. Vigorous cooperation in the European Union and worldwide is crucial in order to meet this evil head on,”
  • Javier Solana, EU Foreign Policy Chief: “A terrible event can happen at any time. We cannot let down our guard. We are working every day, and in a coordinated way in all the EU countries. Unfortunately there are times when one cannot prevent one (an attack of this sort) happening.”

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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