Australia condemns India terror attack

More than 40 police officers were killed in a suicide attack in India's contested Kashmir region.
More than 40 police officers were killed in a suicide attack in India's contested Kashmir region.

Australia's political leaders have condemned a "heinous" terror attack that killed 44 people in an Indian police convoy.

The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack in Jammu and Kashmir, where a suicide bomber rammed a car into a police bus.

"We convey our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and all those injured. Our thoughts are with my friend Prime Minister @narendramodi and the Indian people," Prime Minister Scott Morrison tweeted on Friday.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said it was an atrocious attack.

"To the family and friends of the soldiers killed and injured - we send our deepest condolences, support, and hope for a timely recovery for the injured," he said in a statement.

"India and Australia are long term partners and friends and we stand with Prime Minister Modi and the Indian people in the fight against terrorism in all forms"

Australian Associated Press