2013-08-16 16:29:00

Terrorists inciting religious conflict in M. East must be stopped - Russia

Moscow, August 16, Interfax - Russia condemns the organizers of the terrorist attack outside Beirut, which left 20 people dead, and demands that the organizers be punished.

"Moscow condemns this barbaric crime, whose perpetrators must get the punishment they deserve," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a commentary, posted on the Foreign Ministry's website on Friday.

"We are saying again that those who are trying to incite religious conflict in Lebanon, Syria and other countries in the Middle East by staging such terrorist attacks must be stopped," the Russian diplomat said.

Lukashevich also conveyed his condolences to the families of the dead and the hope for the injured victims' fast recovery.

A car laden with explosives was blown up on the predominantly Muslim-Shiite southern limits of Beirut near Hezbollah's venue for traditional mass events, Lukashevich said. "As a result, 20 people were killed and 300 others were injured, many of them women and children. The previously unknown terror group, Saraya Aisha, claimed responsibility for the attack.