Obama strongly condemns Jakarta bombings.


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1Obama strongly condemns Jakarta bombings .
2US President Barack Obama on Friday firmly condemned bombings in Jakarta that killed at least nine people and injured dozens more , including eight Americans .
3`` I strongly condemn the attacks that occurred this morning in Jakarta , and extend my deepest condolences to all of the victims and their loved ones , '' Obama said in a statement .
4`` The US government stands ready to help the Indonesian government respond to and recover from these outrageous attacks as a friend and partner . ''
5State Department spokesperson Robert Wood said eight of the estimated 40 injured in the blasts were US citizens .
6Obama , who spent part of his childhood in Indonesia , praised the country 's steadfastness `` in combating violent extremism . ''
7`` We will continue to partner with Indonesia to eliminate the threat from these violent extremists , and we will be unwavering in supporting a future of security and opportunity for the Indonesian people , '' he said .
8Earlier US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said her department was working `` to help American citizens injured in the blasts . ''
9`` The attacks reflect the viciousness of violent extremists , and remind us that the threat of terrorism remains very real , '' Clinton said , offering her sympathies to the victims and the Indonesian people .
10`` We have no higher priority than confronting this threat along with other countries that share our commitment to a more peaceful and prosperous future . ''