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Russia bombings: Singh writes to Putin

New Delhi, Dec 30 : Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday wrote to Russian President Vladimir Putin condemning the suicide bombings for two consecutive days in the southern city of Volgograd killing at least 31 people.


The Indian PM in his letter of condolence to the President of Russia on the terrorist attacks against the civilians in the city of Volgograd said: "I am outraged and pained to learn about the dastardly terrorist attacks against civilians in the city of Volgograd."

"On behalf of the people and Government of India, and on my personal behalf, please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of lives and injuries in these ghast!y attacks. Our prayers go out to the families of all the victims," he wrote.

"India strongly condemns these terrorist strikes against innocent civilians. These attacks are a grave violation of human rights and an unconscionable crime against humanity. We stand resolutely together with the people of Russia in the face of these horrible acts of terrorism," he wrote.

At least 14 people were killed and 28 injured in a second deadly bomb attack in less than 24 hours in the southern city of Volgograd on Monday, reports said.

According to reports, a powerful blast rocked a trolleybus around 8:10 a.m. during the morning rush hours on Monday.

Video footage and pictures posted online showed the trolleybus literally ripped apart with its roof blown out and bodies of passengers strewn on the road.

On Sunday, about 17 people were killed and many injured in a deadly suicide attack by a female bomber in a Russian train station in Volgograd.

The female suicide bomber blew herself up at the entrance hall of the station, said officials.

Monday's blast is the third such strike in the city where in October another female suicide bomber had killed six people in a bus.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a tightening of security throughout the country after the attacks.

--IBNS (Posted on 31-12-2013)

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