United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the December 4 terrorist attacks in Grozny, the capital of Chechnya in Russia's North Caucasus, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.
"The Secretary General strongly condemns the terrorist attacks of December 4 in Grozny, Russian Federation. He reiterates that there can be no justification for acts of terror," the spokesman said.
"The Secretary General sends his deepest condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts, as well as to the government and people of the Russian Federation. He wishes a speedy recovery to those injured," Dujarric said.
It was reported that several armed men had killed three road patrol officers in central Grozny in the early hours of Thursday, following which they were besieged at a printing house and in one of schools in central Grozny.
Chechnya's head Ramzan Kadyrov earlier announced the completion of the counter-terrorist operation. The National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC) also reported that the main part of a militant group in Grozny had been eliminated, ten police officers were killed and 28 injured. Arsenals of firearms and over 20 explosive devices were found in the militant hideouts in Grozny.
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