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Russia condemns terrorist acts in Baghdad market blasts
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08:31, February 02, 2008

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Russia strongly condemns recent terrorist acts in Iraq that killed about 70 people, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said in a statement posted on the ministry's website on Friday.

"Russia resolutely condemns all forms or methods of terror, regardless of any justification provided by terrorist leaders and instigators," Kamynin said.

"We call upon leaders of all political forces, religious and ethnic communities to show solidarity against threats and challenges facing the country, and to stop a further escalation in violence," Kamynin said.

"The improvement in the situation in that country (Iraq) is possible only through political means, including national accord and reconciliation," he said.

Russia supports all international and regional efforts aimed at strengthening peace and stability in Iraq, he said.

Female Iraqi suicide bombers carried out explosions at two Baghdad pet markets on Friday, killing at least 65 people and injuring some 150 others, according to a source with the Interior Ministry.

Friday's bombings were the most gruesome for months in the capital city and served as a stark reminder that spectacular bloodshed remains possible despite a recent lull.

Source: Xinhua




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