05/12/2003
Press Release
SG/SM/9054



SECRETARY-GENERAL DISMAYED AT APPARENT TERRORIST EXPLOSION


IN RUSSIAN COMMUTER TRAIN


The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:


The Secretary-General was dismayed to learn of this morning’s explosion in a commuter train near the Yessentuki station in the Russian Federation.  This appears to be yet another act of terrorism.  Terrorism can never be justified.


The Secretary-General sends his deepest condolences to the Government of the Russian Federation and to the families and friends of all those who were killed and the many more who were injured in this vicious attack.


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