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Condolences sent to Russia over deadly subway blast

Update: April, 05/2017 - 09:32
Fourteen people were killed and more than 50 others injured by an explosion inside a subway train in St Petersburg on Monday. — Photo Reuters

HÀ NỘI — President Trần Đại Quang yesterday extended his condolences to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the St Petersburg subway blast. Fourteen people were killed and more than 50 others injured by an explosion inside a subway train in St Petersburg on Monday.

In a related move, Vietnamese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lê Thị Thu Hằng has said Việt Nam strongly condemns the terror attack on the St Petersburg subway on Monday.

She said yesterday that Việt Nam was stunned upon hearing news of the blast in St Petersburg, Russia, which killed and injured dozens of people on Monday.

“Việt Nam strongly condemns this terror attack and offers the deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Russian Federation and families of the victims,” she stressed.

The spokesperson expressed her belief that the culprits would soon be brought to justice.

Hằng also quoted the Vietnamese Embassy in Russia as saying that there haven’t been any reports of Vietnamese victims in the blast.

The Foreign Ministry has ordered the embassy to keep a close watch on the situation and provide emergency aid to any Vietnamese involved.

President Quang has also sent messages of condolences to his Colombian and Peruvian counterparts Juan Manual Santos Calderon and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski over the great losses of lives and property caused by recent landslides and downpours.

The landslides and downpours hit many localities in the two nations, killing 262 people in the Republic of Colombia, and 90 in the Republic of Peru. The floods in late March in Peru also left over 340 people injured and 20 missing, and caused serious property losses. —VNS

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