News / Europe

New Suicide Bomb Attacks Hit Russia's North Caucasus

Bomber strikes police station in Ingushetia, killing two officers and wounding three; second blast destroys vehicle parked nearby

A burning car near a police station in Karabulak, Ingushetia in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region. A suicide bomber triggered his explosives outside the station, killing two police officers, 5 Apr 2010
A burning car near a police station in Karabulak, Ingushetia in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region. A suicide bomber triggered his explosives outside the station, killing two police officers, 5 Apr 2010

A suicide bomber has killed at least two police officers and wounded three others in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, a week after 50 people were killed in terrorist attacks across Russia.

In the latest attack, police say a man detonated explosives as he was trying to enter a police station in Karabulak, about 20 kilometers from the Republic of Ingushetia's regional capital of Magas. Police say two officers were killed instantly.

Less than an hour later, officials say, a bomb exploded in a car parked outside the same police station.  Police say only the suicide bomber was killed in that blast.

The deadly attacks follow a wave of suicide bombings last week across Russia.  On Monday, at least 40 people were killed and dozens more injured after dual suicide bombings on Moscow's metro system.  Two days later, twin suicide bombings killed 12 people in Dagestan, in the North Caucasus region.  On Sunday, a bomb derailed a freight train in Dagestan.  Officials believe the attacks could be linked.

Russian President Dmitri Medvedev denounced the attacks at an emergency meeting with security forces last week.

He said the goal of the terrorists is to destabilize the country, destroy civil society and sow fear and panic among the population.  Mr. Medvedev said the government will not permit this and will keep the country together.

Islamist Chechen rebels claimed responsibility for last Monday's dual bombings in Moscow.  Leaders say the attacks are revenge for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's political polices in the mainly Muslim North Caucasus.

Russian officials say one of the Moscow bombers was the 17-year-old Dagestani-born widow of an Islamist separatist killed last December by Russian forces.  A father in Dagestan told the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta that he believes his daughter is the other suicide bomber, based on photographs.

Many analysts describe the near daily attacks on local officials and police in the country's southern flank as a civil war between Kremlin-backed administrations in Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia and Islamist separatists in the region.

Chechen-rebel leader Doku Umarov is promising more attacks throughout Russia as President Medvedev vows tougher legislation to prevent terrorism.

You May Like

Video Obama Announces Plan to Send 3,000 Troops to Liberia in Ebola Fight

At US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Obama details troop deployment and other pieces of US plan More

Video China Muslims Work to Change Perceptions After Knife Attacks

Muslims in Kunming say that they condemn the violence, it is not a reflection of the true beliefs of their faith More

Humanitarian Aid, Equipment Blocked in Cameroon

Move is seen as a developing supply crisis in West Africa More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Communityi
X
September 16, 2014 2:06 PM
Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video Enviropreneur Seeks to Save the Environment, Empower the Community

Lorna Rutto, a former banker, is now an ‘enviropreneur’ - turning plastic waste into furniture and fences discusses the challenges she faces in Africa with raw materials and the environment.
Video

Video West Trades Accusations Over Ransoms

As world leaders try to forge a common response to the threat posed by Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, there is simmering tension over differing policies on paying ransoms. In the past month, the jihadist group has beheaded two Americans and one Briton. Both countries refuse to pay ransom money. As Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London, there is uncertainty in the approach of some other European nations.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid