LONDON, Dec. 8 (Xinhua) -- British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said on Tuesday that he was saddened and appalled at the bombings in Baghdad that killed so many innocent Iraqis.
Five massive car bombings hit the Iraqi capital on Tuesday, killing a total of 127 people and wounding 448, in the third deadliest series of attacks since August.
Miliband said that Iraq's politicians and its people have shown determination to consolidate stability and democratic government, and he offered his wholehearted support in working to ensure that terrorism does not triumph in the country.
He said: "Today's deadly terrorist attacks, killing so many innocent Iraqis, are both saddening and appalling."
"My thoughts are with the families of those killed and injured. The attacks show the lengths that those with nothing but violence and despair to offer will go to in trying to disrupt normal life," Miliband said.
The foreign secretary said he supported the Iraqi government and people in working to ensure that terrorism does not triumph and that progress, such as that demonstrated by the passage of the election law on Dec. 6, will continue.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown's office has also condemned the attacks.
Brown's spokesman said: "We condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms and send our sympathies to the families of those who have been killed or injured."
While challenges remain, there have been real improvements in security, the economy and politics in Iraq in recent months and Britain will continue to work closely with the Iraqi government to continue progress, the spokesman said, adding that those who seek to use violence to undermine these efforts will not succeed.