December 30th, 2013 15:22 EST
UN Condemns Terrorist Attack Targeting Russian Bus
Members of the United Nations Security Council said they are outraged " by today`s terrorist attack targeting a bus in Volgograd, Russia, that caused numerous deaths and injuries " the second suicide bombing in the city within a 24-hour period.
The 15 members of the Council, in a statement issued to the press, condemned the bus attack in the strongest terms " and extended their condolences to the families of the victims.
Media reports say at least 14 people were killed in today`s bombing, which comes on the heels of yesterday`s attack at the central train station in Volgograd that reportedly killed 16 people and wounded 40 others.
Yesterday`s attack was also condemned by the Council as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.
These abhorrent and abominable attacks deliberately targeted places of mass gathering, in particular public transportation, " said the Council, which reaffirmed that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.
The members of the Security 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. "
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