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Russia disappointed at UN failure to condemn Damascus bomb attack

(Xinhua)

08:35, August 17, 2012

MOSCOW, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that it was disappointed at the UN Security Council's failure to adopt a statement condemning a recent bomb attack in the Syrian capital Damascus.

Some Western countries in the UN Security Council blocked the Russia-drafted statement "under the pretext of lack of information, " the ministry said in a statement.

Such a disappointing result only served to encourage terrorists to "continue their criminal activities and give them the hope of dodging punishment," the ministry added.

An improvised explosive device affixed under a fuel truck went off on Wednesday while the truck was parked inside a military garage of the Syrian army headquarters in Damascus, media reports said.

The Free Syrian Army rebel group quickly claimed responsibility for the attack that took place near the Dama-Rose hotel, where the UN observers are staying.

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