MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (AFP) — US President Barack Obama on Tuesday marked the end of the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan by renewing his support for the “Arab Spring” movement against repressive regimes.

“This year, many have observed the month while courageously persevering in their efforts to secure basic necessities and fundamental freedoms,” he said in a statement released during a one-day trip to Minneapolis.

“The United States will continue to stand with them and for the dignity and rights of all people, whether a hungry child in the Horn of Africa or a young person demanding freedom in the Middle East and North Africa,” he said.

Chechnya: Eight killed and 22 wounded in two suicide attacks:

(RIA Novosti) — At least eight people have been killed and 22 injured in two suicide attacks in the Chechen capital Grozny, local officials said on Wednesday.

The attacks took place during celebrations to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan on Tuesday.

It was earlier reported that seven had been killed and 18 injured in the twin blasts.

A sixth policeman died in the hospital overnight, the restive region’s Health Minister Musa Akhmadov said, adding that five of the 22 injured are in critical condition.

A man blew himself up when a police patrol tried to detain him near a local parliament building, and a second blast came just 30 minutes later. There were also reports of a third blast.

Pakistan: 11 Shia Muslims killed and 22 wounded by Sunni suicide bomber.

(DNA) — A suicide car bomber struck Shia worshipers in Pakistan’s southwestern restive Quetta city killing at least 11 people and wounding 22 others turning Eid-ul Fitr festivities into mourning.

The bomber drove a car laden with about 40 kg of explosives intending to hit a Shia mosque at prayers time, but finding the place heavily guarded, detonated the bomb in a nearby parking lot.

At the time of the blast, people were returning home after Eid prayers.

The explosion was so powerful that it destroyed 10 cars and several nearby houses, Capital City Police Officer Quetta (CCPO) Ahsan Mahboob said adding it was a suicide attack.

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