US President Trump expresses his condolence to victims of St. Petersburg Metro attack
Apr 4, Moscow: The US President Donald Trump called his Russian counter part Vladimir Putin to express his deepest condolences over the bombing of the St. Petersburg Metro that killed at least 14 people.
Trump has extended “his deep condolences to the relatives and loved ones of those killed as result of a barbaric terrorist act,” Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, as cited by RIA Novosti.“The presidents noted that terrorism is the evil against which it is necessary to fight together,” Peskov added. Putin, in turn, thanked his American counterpart for showing solidarity with the Russian people.
In a statement released following the conversation, the White House said that “both President Trump and President Putin agreed that terrorism must be decisively and quickly defeated.”
The blast in the metro carriage on Monday afternoon left 11 dead and injured over 50 people.
President Putin who was in St. Petersburg at the time of the attack, said that “all variants” leading to the attack were being considered in the investigation, however more priority has been given into investigating a terrorist motive. As Russia’s Investigative Committee has said it believes the blast was most likely triggered by an explosive device detonated by a suicide bomber. Shortly after the blast, another IED in the form of a fire extinguisher was discovered at Ploshchad Vosstaniya metro station, but was promptly defused by bomb disposal teams.
Meanwhile, The UN Security Council in its condolence also expressed hope that all those responsible for the crime, including “perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors” would be held accountable.
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