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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russians Mourn Madrid Bombing Victims

APJosefina Baska, left, and others of Spanish descent grieving for the Madrid bomb victims Friday at Moscow's Spanish Embassy.
Ordinary Russians and politicians in Moscow showed solidarity with the people of Spain in the wake of Thursday's terrorist attacks in Madrid that killed 200 and wounded about 1,500, joining in a minute of silence for the victims outside the Spanish Embassy on Friday.

Those taking part in the tribute, including Russian citizens of Spanish descent who came to the Soviet Union during the Spanish Civil War in 1936-39, placed flowers near the embassy.

A book of condolences was opened and will be available at the embassy, at 50/8 Bolshaya Nikitskaya Ulitsa, on Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A mass for the victims will be held Wednesday at one of the Catholic churches in the city, the embassy's press secretary said, Interfax reported.

"We thank the people and government of all Russia for their solidarity and empathy," Spanish Ambassador Jos? Mar"a Robles said, Interfax reported.

In a message to Spanish King Juan Carlos, President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying, "This senseless, barbaric action has again shown that the world community must even more resolutely combat terrorism. Today, as never before, the entire civilized world must unite in the fight against this evil."