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Friday, July 20, 2007

Annals of "Pacified" Chechnya: The Blood Continues to Flow

RIA Novosti reports:

Four police officers were killed and at least eight injured in an explosion in southern Russia's Republic of Daghestan early Wednesday, local police and medics said. An explosive device was detonated at 7:40 a.m. Moscow time (3:40 a.m. GMT), when police officers were jogging at a sports ground in the town of Kizilyurt in central Daghestan, police said. The injured officers were hospitalized, and one of them is in a serious condition undergoing surgery. An investigation is underway. "The gunmen activated a radio-controlled explosive device made of a 76-mm-caliber artillery shell," the Daghestani Interior Ministry's spokesperson, Anzhela Martirosova, said. "The bomb was buried underground near the building where police usually change their clothes." Daghestan, an ethnically mixed, largely Muslim republic in the volatile North Caucasus, has been plagued with violence, stemming both from the conflict in neighboring Chechnya and political infighting and turf wars over fishing and other lucrative economic activities. One Russian policeman was shot dead and two others wounded Sunday by two suspected militants, while the officers were inspecting an abandoned car in the city of Khasavyurt. Also Sunday, a former local administration head, Tamerlan Amayev, was wounded after a bomb exploded in a restaurant in Khasavyurt. On Saturday, a Daghestani lawmaker and his guest were killed in an attack on the deputy's house in eastern Daghestan.

Russia is planning to hold the Olympic games in this region. Is that totally insane even by Russian standards, or what?

The Moscow Times reports:

A bomb went off during a funeral Wednesday in an Ingush village, injuring at least seven, Interfax reported. The funeral for Lyudmila Terekhina and her two adult children, who were shot dead in their home Monday, was almost over when 50 to 100 grams of TNT exploded in the village of Ordzhonikidzevskaya, Ingush police chief Mussa Medov told Interfax. Ingushetia's prosecutor, Yury Turygin, said the explosion had been classified as a terrorist act, Itar-Tass reported. Medov said seven were injured in the attack, including four law enforcement officers and a woman whose leg was torn off. Akhmed Nakastoyev, head of the Sunzhensky district, where the village is located, put the number of those injured in the attack at 10, Interfax reported. Neither Medov nor Nakastoyev would offer any clues as to who might have planted the bomb targeting people attending the funeral.

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