UN condemns Moscow blasts

By IANS/RIA Novosti,

United Nations : UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon condemned Monday the twin suicide blasts at the Moscow subway stations that claimed 38 lives, his official spokesman said.

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Separate blasts in the Lubyanka and Park Kultury stations at the Sokolnicheskaya subway line occurred during the morning rush hour, the first at approximately 8:00 a.m. (09:30 IST) and the second about 40 minutes later. At least 38 people have died and more than 70 were injured.

“The secretary general strongly condemns the twin suicide bombings that took place in Moscow’s subway this morning, causing the tragic loss of many innocent lives and injuries to many other people,” Ban’s spokesman said in a statement.

“The secretary general is confident that the Russian authorities will bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous terrorist attack.

“The secretary general extends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to the government and people of the Russian Federation. He also wishes the many injured a swift recovery,” the statement said.

Members of the UN Security Council also expressed their sympathy with those affected by the blasts, describing the attacks as “heinous”.