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UN Security Council condemns suicide bombing at Russian train station

The United Nations Security Council on Sunday strongly condemned the suicide bombing attack at a train station in southern Russia, calling it a "reprehensible act of terrorism".

In a press statement issued here, the council members reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with the UN Charter.

They reaffirmed that "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed," said the statement.

A female suicide bomber blew herself up at the station on Sunday, killing at least 14 people, authorities said. A total of 45 others, including a nine-year-old girl, were injured in the explosion, which occurred at 12:45 p.m. Moscow time (0845 GMT) in Volgograd, a city near the volatile North Caucasus region, regional law enforcement agencies told local media.

The 15-member council underlined the need to "bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this reprehensible act of terrorism to justice, and urged all states, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with all relevant authorities in this regard," the statement said.

Meanwhile, the council members extended their condolences to the families of the victims and expressed their sympathy to all those injured in this heinous act, and to the people and government of Russia.

[Source: Xinhua, United Nations, NY, 29Dec13]

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