Obama condemns North Ossetia blast

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US President Barack Obama on Thursday condemned a suicide attack in the Russia Caucasus which killed 16 people and injured 100 more as a horrific tragedy.

"The United States strongly condemns the terrorist bombing that occurred today in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia," Obama said in a written statement.

"Our hearts go out to the people of North Ossetia, who have already suffered so much from horrific acts of terrorism. We offer our deepest condolences, and stand with the people of Russia in this time of tragedy.

"This bombing further underscores the resolve of the United States and Russia to work together in combating terrorism and protecting our people."

Officials said the blast in the city of Vladikavkaz was caused by a suicide bomber who drove up to a local market in an explosives-packed car.

The attack in the capital of the mainly Christian region of North Ossetia was the latest strike to hit the Russian Caucasus, plagued by an Islamist insurgency that has claimed scores of lives in the past months.

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