US condemns Belarus bombing

The explosion at a busy metro station in Minsk killed 12 subway commuters.

Washington: The United States on Tuesday condemned the bombing that killed 12 subway commuters in the Belarussian capital and offered condolences to the victims` families.

"We condemn this heinous act that demonstrates a complete disregard for human life," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.

"And in this moment of sorrow, we... offer our sympathy to the families and loved ones of those injured or killed."

He said the United States expressed its "deepest condolences to the people of Belarus for the terrible loss of life and injuries caused by the bombing”.

Belarus earlier made its first arrests over Monday`s Minsk metro bombing, the worst attack in its modern history.

President Alexander Lukashenko, under Western pressure for his autocratic rule, said foreign forces could be responsible for what authorities called a plot to destabilise the country.

The explosion at a busy metro station in the heart of the Belarussian capital near the Lukashenko`s presidential administration building stunned a city that has never seen attacks like those suffered in neighbouring Russia.

Bureau Report

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