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Assembly “Shock And Horror’ At Moscow Airport Bombing

Today’s bomb blast at Moscow’s main airport has been marked at the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly by a minute of silence for the victims and strong condemnation for the terrorists behind the atrocity.

Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly, said “I would like to express my shock and horror at the news of today’s bombling, which has – according to reports – killed at least 31 people and injured more than 100 more. It seems that a suicide bomber may have been involved.

“I totally condemn the terrorists who carried out this atrocity, and I have full confidence that the Russian authorities will do everything they can to track down and bring to justice its perpetrators. Only this morning, I spoke of the scourge of extremism in our societies. There can be no justification for terrorism, which is utterly opposed to everything that we in the Council of Europe are working towards.”

“To the families of the bereaved and injured on this terrible day, as well as to our Russian colleagues, I extend the heartfelt sympathy of the entire Assembly.”

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland described the bombing of the Moscow airport as a “tragic reminder of the looming and omnipresent terrorist threat.”

He added: “I express my sympathy and solidarity to the families of the victims and to the people of the Russian Federation.”

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