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MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin offered condolences to Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in relation to the tragic consequences from a bit terrorist attack in Istanbul, and condemned "that vile, cynical crime," the Kremlin’s press service said on Sunday.
"The Russian president said the tragedy has confirmed once again the demand for joint efforts aimed at uncompromised fighting the international terrorism," the press service said.
Putin sent words of sympathy to families and friends of the victims and wished soonest recovery to the injured.
The first explosion occurred on Saturday around 22:30 local time (7:30 pm GMT) outside the Besiktas Vodafone Arena when a car exploded near a special police unit’s bus. The second explosion, which took place in a nearby park, is believed to have been caused by a suicide bomber. The Interior Ministry latest reports said about 38 dead in the attacks.