January, 26 2011 09:03:01

President sends condolences to Russian, Brazilian leaders

HA NOI — President Nguyen Minh Triet yesterday sent a message of condolences to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev over the suicide bombing at Moscow's Domodedovo Airport on Monday which killed 35 people and injured 170 others.

Triet on the same day sent a message of condolences to Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff over the property and human loss caused by flooding.

Regarding the suicide bombing, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Nguyen Phuong Nga said that Viet Nam strongly denounced the suicide attack.

"We strongly condemn this outrageous act," she said.

Local connection

A Russian returning from Viet Nam was slightly injured in the suicide bombing after getting off a Vietnam Airlines flight, the national flag carrier said.

The passenger was injured in the leg after disembarking the VN527 flight from HCM City to Moscow and entering the arrival terminal of Domodedovo, Moscow's busiest airport, a VNA spokesman said.

The passenger, whose identity remains unknown, was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The return Moscow-HCM City 526 flight with 105 passengers on board was delayed 28 minutes and left 7.35pm local time.

The flight was scheduled to land at 9.30am yesterday.

Viet Nam Airlines said as soon as the bombing happened, the airline responded with airport authorities and security agencies in both countries to ensure the safety of passengers and provide assistance where necessary. — VNS

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