Schroeder 'horror' overterrorist attacks in Russia

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1 September 2004 , BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Wednesday expressed "horror" over the Moscow subway bombing and said he hoped that children taken hostage in a southern Russian school would be freed without bloodshed. "In these hours we are especially thinking about the schoolchildren, teachers and parents...," said Schroeder in a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding: "I deeply hope this terrible hostage-taking is ended swiftly and without any victims." A suspected suicide

1 September 2004  

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on Wednesday expressed "horror" over the Moscow subway bombing and said he hoped that children taken hostage in a southern Russian school would be freed without bloodshed.

"In these hours we are especially thinking about the schoolchildren, teachers and parents...," said Schroeder in a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin, adding: "I deeply hope this terrible hostage-taking is ended swiftly and without any victims."

A suspected suicide bomber killed at least 10 people and injured about 50 Tuesday evening in central Moscow near a subway station.

Earlier Wednesday, masked gunmen stormed a school in the southern Russian republic of North Ossetia and took up to 400 children, teachers and parents hostage during start-of-term celebrations.

In a related development, Russia's ambassador to Germany, Vladimir Kotenyev, complained to reporters that Berlin was failing to crack down on groups and individuals involved with Chechen extremists.

Kotenyev said organisations such as the German-Caucasus Society were allowed to operate in Germany and, as he put it, support goals of terrorist movements.

The ambassador also alleged that German officials had failed to respond to Russian requests for the extradition of a Chechen woman who he said had admitted to being involved in brutal killings of Russian soldiers.

"War has been declared on Russia," said Kotenyev.

But the ambassador defended Chancellor Schroeder who has been criticized for not publicly speaking out about the human rights situation in Chechnya at a summit with President Putin and French President Jacques Chirac in Russia earlier this week.

"This is global terrorism," said Kotenyev, adding that Russia was taking steps to defend itself just like the United States and Spain.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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