Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Blast kills four in Russia's volatile Chechnya

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - A suicide bomb blast that killed at least four interior ministry soldiers and injured others in the capital of Russia's volatile Chechnya region on Monday may have been organised by Islamist militants, regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov said.

The explosion, which Interfax news agency said happened as the soldiers left an armoured vehicle near their garrison quarters, shattered the fragile peace of the broader North Caucasus region, where militants trying to create an Islamist state carry out daily violence.

Grozny residents said they heard two explosions, the second of which sent flames and smoke into the air. A Reuters witness saw the remains of three people in camouflage clothing lying at the roadside after the blast.

Kadyrov said brothers Muslim and Khuseyn Gakayev were possible organisers of the attack and said they had previously orchestrated similar suicide bombings.

"This is the Gakayevs' tactics - to find sick and mentally deficient people, stuff them with narcotics and send them to die," Kadyrov told journalists while visiting the blast scene.

He said one of the two suicide bombers had been identified. Read More