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Five dead, dozens wounded in Russia blast

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    MOSCOW — At least five people were killed and dozens wounded in a blast in the southern Russian city of Vladikavkaz Thursday, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing the regional health ministry.
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    Many dead in North Ossetia blast
    At least 15 people dead and more than 100 injured in apparent suicide blast in major city in Russia's North Caucasus.

    Last Modified: 09 Sep 2010 12:36 GMT

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    [​IMG] The blast hit the Vladikavkaz market at a time when it is usually crowded with buyers and traders [Reuters] At least 15 people have been killed and 114 others wounded in an apparent car suicide bombing in a market in Vladikavkaz, a major city in Russia's North Caucasus region.

    Russia said it was launching an investigation into what it described as an "act of terror" on Thursday, while Dmitry Medvedev, the president, vowed to capture the "bastards" who organised the attack.
    "We will do everything to capture these monsters ... these bastards, who carried out a terrorist act on ordinary people," he was quoted by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying.

    "We will do everything to find and punish them."

    No group has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing - the deadliest attack since twin suicide bombings on Moscow metro network in March killed 40 people and wounded over 100.
    Vladikavkaz is the capital of the Russian republic of North Ossetia, which lies in the restive North Caucasus region.

    Criminals 'hope to sow hatred'
    The Itar-Tass news agency said the power of the blast shattered windows of nearby buildings, and raised fears of a second explosion.
    "A second threat is not ruled out and at the current moment the perimetre of the market and nearby roads is being encircled," a local interior ministry spokesman told the Itar-Tass news agency.
    Timeline: Attacks in Russia The North Caucasus: A history of violence Chechnya's battle for independence It said the explosion went off at the entrance to the market, which is usually crowded with buyers and traders.
    Vladikavkaz's market and its surrounding blocks has been the target of several bomb attacks over the past decade or so, in which scores of people have died.
    Neave Barker, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Moscow, said children were believed to be among the dead and injured.
    He said that the attack could have been a "message" from separatist fighters that "the authorities and the people of the North Caucasus remain as vulnerable as they were six years ago when the Beslan siege took place, despite an increase in counter-insurgency operations".
    Vladimir Putin, the Russian prime minister, said the country must not let attacks like these continue.

    "Criminals like those who acted today in the North Caucasus hope to sow hatred between our peoples. We have no right to let this happen," he said.
    Scene of Beslan massacre

    North Ossetia is seen as one of the Caucasus' more stable areas, unlike the republics of Chechnya and Dagestan, which see violence between separatists and Russian forces on a regular basis.
    However, the republic does suffer from ethnic tensions and has seen a rise in unrest in recent months.
    In November 2008, the mayor of the city was killed when an assassin shot him in the chest near his home.

    It was also the scene of the 2004 Beslan massacre, in which Chechen separatist fighters took hundreds of hostages at a school - a siege that ended in the deaths of 330 people, around half of them children.
    Russia's North Caucasus region has been gripped by violence stemming from two separatist wars in Chechnya and fuelled by endemic poverty, corruption and police abuses.
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    [​IMG] Play Video Reuters – Blast rips through Russian market

    [​IMG] AP – In this image made from television, the wreckage of a car destroyed in a suicide car attack is seen near …

    By SERGEI VENYAVSKY, Associated Press Writer Sergei Venyavsky, Associated Press Writer – 1 min ago
    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia – A suicide car bomber hit a central market in southern Russia on Thursday, killing at least 17 people and wounding more than 130 in one of the North Caucasus region's worst attacks in years, officials said.
    The bomber detonated his explosives as he drove by the main entrance to the Vladikavkaz market, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.
    The death toll included the bomber, and 98 of the 133 people wounded in the explosion were hospitalized, many in grave condition, said Alexander Pogorely of the Emergency Situations Ministry.
    TV images showed a shrapnel-littered square in front of the market, with blood stains on the pavement and rows of vehicles scarred by the blast.
    Russia's North Caucasus has been gripped by violence stemming from two separatist wars in Chechnya and fueled by endemic poverty, rampant official corruption and police abuses.
    Vladikavkaz, a major city, is the capital of the Russian republic of North Ossetia. Although it is less plagued by violence than other republics in the region such as Chechnya and Dagestan, North Ossetia has experienced ethnic tensions and frequent attacks.
    The Vladikavkaz market area has been the target of several bomb attacks over the past dozen years in which scores of people have died. It was bombed in 1999, killing 55 people. Another bombing in 2001 killed six people, and in 2004, 11 people died when a minibus near the market was bombed.
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev immediately sent his regional envoy to Vladikavkaz to help coordinate efforts to help the victims. He urged investigators to "do everything to track down the beasts, the scoundrels who conducted that terror attack."
    No one has claimed responsibility for the bombing, the deadliest attack in the region since a double suicide bombing killed 12 in Dagestan in April. Twin suicide bombings on Moscow subway in March killed 40 people and wounded over 100.
    Unlike most other Caucasus provinces where Muslims make up the majority of the population, North Ossetia is predominantly Orthodox Christian. It has been destabilized by long-simmering tensions between ethnic Ossetians and ethnic Ingush that exploded into an open fighting in 1992.
    "The crimes like the one that was committed in the North Caucasus today are aimed at sowing enmity between our citizens," Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said in televised remarks during a meeting with Russia's top Islamic cleric. "We mustn't allow this."
    The regional president of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, quickly sent condolences to the leader of North Ossetia on Thursday to help assuage tensions between the two ethnic groups.
    The market attack came as Muslims were preparing to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, a holiday marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
    North Ossetia was also the scene of the 2004 Beslan crisis, where Chechen militants took hundreds of hostages at a school — a siege that ended in a bloodbath killing more than 330 people, about half of them children.
    In other violence in southern Russia, officials said Thursday that a hotel employee and another civilian were shot to death by men trying to build a bomb in their hotel room in the Caspian Sea province of Dagestan.
    The shooting took place late Wednesday in the regional capital of Makhachkala, Interior Ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov said. He said three armed men fled a room in the small hotel after an explosion and opened fire on a hotel clerk and another person who confronted them. He says police found several bombs and six grenades in the room.
    In the Dagestani town of Khasavyurt, on the border with Chechnya, a policeman returning home from work was shot to death, Gasanov said.

    Source: Suicide attack in Russia kills 17, wounds over 130 - Yahoo! News
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