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Russia's foreign ministry express 'regret' attack against Dutch diplomat

The Russia ambassador had been summoned by the Dutch Foreign Ministry in the Hague to explain the incident.

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A picture taken in Moscow on October 16, 2013, shows people walking past a building where unknown individuals broke into the flat of Onno Elderenbosch, a senior Dutch diplomat of the Netherlands mission. (Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia's foreign ministry expressed regret after a Dutch diplomat was beaten up at his Moscow home on Tuesday by unknown assailants posing as electricians.

The Russian ambassador was summoned by the Dutch foreign ministry to explain the incident.

The diplomat, Onno Elderenbosch, 60, was lightly injured in the attack, which saw him bound and his apartment ransacked.

The attackers scrawled the words "LGBT" on his mirror before leaving without stealing anything.

They also drew a heart in pink lipstick.

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Two of the activists are Dutch citizens.

Police in the Hague detained a Russian diplomat last week after he was accused of abusing his children.

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/russia/131016/dutch-diplomat-beaten-russia-amid-tensions