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STATEMENT BY ALEXANDER YAKOVENKO, THE OFFICIAL SPOKESMAN OF RUSSIA'S MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS Regarding Terrorist Acts in Kenya

2458-28-11-2002

Two terrorist acts were committed in Kenya on November 28. In a small resort town near Mombassa there was exploded the hotel where Israelis usually stay. According to incoming reports, about ten people were killed, including two children. Among the victims are Kenyan and Israeli citizens.

Almost simultaneously the news came in of missiles fired from a mobile complex at an Israeli passenger plane flying from Mombassa. The plane was able to reach Israel safely.

Moscow strongly condemns these criminal actions. We extend our heartfelt condolences to the relatives of those killed and wishes of a quick recovery to the wounded.

The tragic events in Kenya once again attest that the criminal activities of the transnational terrorist alliance pose a threat to the entire international community. Many countries are becoming the target of their designs, including Russia. This insistently demands the extensive consolidation of efforts in meeting this global challenge.

Russia as an active participant of the international antiterrorist coalition will continue to do everything it can to counter international terrorism.

November 28, 2002

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