Merkel condemns 'cowardly' Moscow attack

24th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed as "cowardly" Monday a suicide attack at Moscow's largest airport that killed at least 35 people and wounded some 130 others.

"I learned with dismay and disgust that many people had died in a cowardly attack on Moscow's Domodedovo airport, and that many more were injured," Merkel said in a letter of condolence to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

"I condemn this dreadful and bloody attack in the strongest possible terms. Nothing can justify this barbaric act," German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the friends and families of the victims."

The Russian capital has been repeatedly rocked by attacks over the last years blamed on militants from the Northern Caucasus region, where Russia has for years been battling an Islamist insurgency.

Double bombings carried out by two female suicide bombers on the Moscow metro on March 29, 2010, killed 40 and wounded more than 100.

© 2011 AFP

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