Obama condemns 'outrageous' Moscow bombing

24th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

US President Barack Obama condemned the "outrageous" suicide attack on Moscow's busiest airport Monday that left 35 people dead and dozens wounded.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the United States stands "ready to help" Russia with any assistance it may need following the latest deadly attack to hit the Russian capital after bombings on the metro in March.

"I strongly condemn this outrageous" act, Obama said, quoted by Gibbs.

Joining Obama in denouncing the attack, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered sympathy to the families of the victims.

"The United States condemns terrorism and all forms of violence against the innocent, wherever it occurs," Clinton said in a statement.

"We stand with the victims of these crimes and we will continue to work with the international community to combat violent extremism that threatens peace-loving people everywhere.

"The United States remains ready to support the Russian government as it seeks to bring these perpetrators to justice," the chief US diplomat added.

Scenes of carnage unfolded at Domodedovo airport in southern Moscow as corpses were stretchered out of the arrivals area after the blast.

Describing the attack as an act of terror, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev chaired an emergency meeting of transport and security officials and ordered a special security regime across the country's main airports and railway stations.

© 2011 AFP

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