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Slovakia sends condolences to Boston

Slovakia’s senior officials sent their condolences to the US after the deadly attack during the Boston Marathon. Bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring about 141 others, the TASR newswire reported on April 16.

Slovakia’s senior officials sent their condolences to the US after the deadly attack during the Boston Marathon. Bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring about 141 others, the TASR newswire reported on April 16.

Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič sent a telegram of condolence to US President Barack Obama, saying that he condemns “the terrorist attack which has affected the sports event and the national holiday celebrations of all people from Massachusetts”, referring to Patriot’s Day, TASR wrote.

Prime Minister Robert Fico also voiced his sincere grief over the attacks. Speaking on behalf of his cabinet, he also condemned any expressions of terrorism.

“This is not a correct way to solve any problems that ail people around the world,” Fico said, as quoted by TASR. “I believe that the respective bodies in the US will soon reveal and duly punish the culprits.”

Foreign Affairs Minister Miroslav Lajčák sent a telegram of condolence to his US counterpart John Kerry, saying that he was “deeply shocked about the attack that stormed through the Boston city centre”.

“Let me ... voice my sincere sympathy with the families of the victims to this terrible tragedy,” the telegram reads.

According to the information of the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry, seven Slovaks participated in the marathon, but none of them were among the victims or the injured contestants and onlookers. The ministry has also recommended that people who travel to Boston inquire about the development of the security situation prior to their trip, TASR wrote.

Meanwhile, the Sme daily reported on April 17 that the bomb attacks might impact further marathons held in other countries, including ones held in London, the Czech Republic and even in Slovakia, where a run should take place in September. Ján Dvonč from the Marathon Klub in Košice told the daily that they will strengthen security measures.

Source: TASR, Sme

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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