UN Secretary-General deplores suicide bombing in Moscow

9 December 2003

United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today condemned the suicide bombing outside a hotel in central Moscow, saying terrorism "can never be justified under any circumstances whatsoever."

Media reports said at least five people were killed and 13 injured when one or more suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the National Hotel in central Moscow, close to the Kremlin building. On Friday 44 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up on a train in the south of the Russian Federation, near Chechnya.

Mr. Annan "was shocked to learn that the Russian Federation had been the victim of yet another act of terror," a UN spokesman in New York said in a statement.

The Secretary-General sent his condolences to the Russian Federation's Government and to the families and friends of those killed in the bombing.


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