Officials blamed terrorists for the blasts, which came as India and rival Pakistan began talks on opening theirborder to bring food, shelter and medical aid to victims of the Himalayan region's massive earthquake. Hours before the explosions, Indian and Pakistani officials opened talks in Islamabad, Pakistan, on whether to let Kashmiris hit by the devastating Oct. 8 earthquake cross the militarized Line of Control, the cease-fire line that divides the region over which the longtime enemies have fought two wars.
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the blasts "appear to have been targeted at heavily populated areas to produce maximum carnage. This is yet another example of terrorists' cynical and callous disregard for human life," Straw added. "On behalf of the British government, I would like to offer the people of India my support and deepest sympathy."