efe-epaNew Delhi

A huge suicide bombing that caused the deaths of at least 42 paramilitary troopers in Indian-administered Kashmir sparked international condemnation on Friday.

The killings, claimed by the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), took place on Thursday evening around 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the regional capital Srinagar when the suicide bomber rammed a vehicle packed with explosives into a convoy of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force.

China's foreign ministry on Friday condemned the attack hoping that "relevant regional countries will cooperate to cope with the threat of terrorism and jointly uphold regional peace and stability."

Beijing added that the "JeM has been included in the Security Council terrorism sanctions list. China will continue to handle the relevant sanctions issue in a constructive and responsible manner."

The United States also slammed the attack and urged Pakistan to end its support to terror groups operating from its soil.

"We express our deep condolences to the victims' families, the Indian government, and the Indian people for the loss of life in this brutal attack," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement on Thursday evening.

"The United States calls on Pakistan to end immediately the support and safe haven provided to all terrorist groups operating on its soil, whose only goal is to sow chaos, violence, and terror in the region. This attack only strengthens our resolve to bolster counter-terrorism cooperation and coordination between the United States and India," the statement added.

Other countries also expressed their solidarity with India.

The Russian embassy in New Delhi denounced "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and reiterate the need to combat these inhuman acts with decisive and collective response without any double standards.”

The European Union in a statement pointed out that "as a strategic partner of India, the EU reaffirms its full solidarity at such a difficult moment.”

"The European Union stands by India in fighting terrorism and will continue to strengthen its cooperation in this regard."

Indonesia's foreign ministry said acts of terrorism were "criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation.”

It said the country would continue to work with the international community to fight terrorism, extremism and radicalism as well as address its root causes.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also condemned "the heinous terrorist attack" in a tweet.

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement that her country "remains steadfast in its support of the global fight against terrorism,” reaffirming a resolve "to prevent radicalization and defeat terrorism in all its forms".

Afghanistan stressed the "need for solidarity and closer cooperation of countries in the fight against this common enemy."

The attack, the deadliest in the three-decade of insurgency in the disputed region, further damaged the already tense India-Pakistan diplomatic relations with New Delhi claiming it had evidence of Islamabad's involvement in the carnage.

It also withdrew the Most Favored Nation trade status it had granted to the rival neighbor in 1996 under World Trade Organization rules.

Pakistan dismissed accusations that it has links with the militants who carried out the attack.

Pakistani authorities described it as "a matter of grave concern" and said it has always condemned violence in Kashmir, a region divided between the two countries since the subcontinent's partition and independence from British rule in 1947 and over which both have waged two wars and several minor conflicts.

India has repeatedly accused Pakistan of supporting "cross-border terrorism" in Indian Kashmir and of sheltering terrorist groups to operate on its territory and plan attacks against Indian targets.