EU 'appalled' by raid on Chechen parliament

19th October 2010, Comments 0 comments

The EU's diplomacy chief Catherine Ashton, "appalled" by the attack on the Chechen parliament in Grozny, on Tuesday pledged to strengthen cooperation with Russia to fight international terrorism.

"No circumstances can justify the use of terrorist violence and suicide attacks," said the European Union high representative for foreign affairs and security, who said she was "appalled by the terrorist attack."

"We confirm our readiness to strengthen cooperation with the Russian Federation in the fight against international terrorism," she added in a statement.

A group of up to four militants early morning Tuesday stormed the parliament in Russia's conflict-torn region of Chechnya, holding deputies and gunning down three people, before being killed in a standoff with security forces.

© 2010 AFP

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