INTERPOL condemns deadly terror attacks against Moscow metro

29 March 2010

LYON, France – INTERPOL has condemned Monday’s bomb attacks against two commuter trains in Russia which left at least 35 people dead and more than 70 injured. The world police body also pledged its full support and assistance to Russian authorities investigating the Moscow terror attacks.

INTERPOL’s Command and Co-ordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon, France, is closely liaising with its National Central Bureau in Moscow to provide any assistance required.

“INTERPOL condemns these attacks in the strongest possible terms,” said INTERPOL’s Executive Director of Police Services Jean-Michel Louboutin, who deplored the alleged suicide bombings as “despicable and senseless attacks targeting the public”.

“Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed or injured in today’s bombings.”

“INTERPOL has offered every support and made available all of its resources to the Russian authorities in their investigation into these attacks which deliberately targeted innocent commuters,” added Mr Louboutin.

All requests for assistance and information from Russian authorities are being treated with the highest priority, and if required, INTERPOL can issue one of its colour-coded international notices to alert law enforcement around the world about the modus operandi behind the attacks, to obtain additional information about individuals in relation to the investigation or to seek the arrest of persons wanted in connection with the incident.

Describing the attacks as the worst in the capital since 2004, Moscow authorities said 23 people died in the first blast early Monday morning as a train stood at the central Lubyanka station, close to the headquarters of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). It was followed by a second explosion on a train at Park Kultury, leaving another 12 dead.