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Johnson: Era of 'passivity and inaction' in Syria is over

Boris Johnson has hailed the US airstrike on Syria as the end of an era of "passivity and inaction" in the face of Bashar Assad's "barbarism".

The foreign secretary said that the US had acted with “strength and resolve” following the Syrian's Government's alleged poison gas attack on its own citizens.

"The government believes that the US action was a necessary, appropriate and justified response to an awful crime," he told told MPs in a statement today.

Mr Johnson also again urged Russia, a key player in the Syrian war, to end their "blind support" of the Assad regime and add their weight to efforts to bring a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

Suspect questioned in connection with Russia bombing

The scene at Tekhnologichesky Institut subway station in St Petersburg. Credit: AP

A new suspect is being questioned in connection with the bombing of a metro train in St Petersburg which left 14 people dead, a source close to the investigation has said.

The suspect is the ninth person to have been detained on suspicion of having colluded with the bomber, Kyrgyzstan-born Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, since the attack on April 3.

Dzhalilov, 22, was killed in the explosion.

The blast took place between Sennaya Ploshchad and Tekhnologichesky Institut underground stations.

Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee said they also found and deactivated a bomb - rigged with shrapnel - at another station.


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