March 29, 2010 / 11:41 AM / 9 years ago

Obama condemns Moscow bombs as heinous terrorism

Interior Ministry officers stand guard in front of the exit of Park Kultury metro station in Moscow March 29, 2010. REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday condemned suicide bombings in Moscow that killed at least 37 people and injured 65 on packed metro trains.

“The American people stand united with the people of Russia in opposition to violent extremism and heinous terrorist attacks that demonstrate such disregard for human life, and we condemn these outrageous acts,” Obama said in a statement.

The White House issued the statement during an unannounced Obama visit to Afghanistan in the midst of an eight-year war with Islamic militants including al Qaeda, the militant network blamed for the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington.

“I send my deepest condolences to the people of Russia after the terrible loss of life and injuries resulting from the bombings on the Moscow metro,” the president said.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones, and I wish all who sustained injuries a successful recovery.”

Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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