Wednesday, March 31, 2010

After The Moscow Subway Bombings, Russia's War In The Caucasus Heats Up

The site of two explosions in the southern Russian town of Kizlyar on Wednesday. Zaur Halikov/Reuters

Bomb Attacks In Southern Russia Aim At Police -- New York Times

MOSCOW — Two bomb attacks aimed at the police killed at least 12 people in the volatile North Caucasus region of Russia on Wednesday, according to the Russian prosecutor’s office, further heightening security concerns two days after deadly suicide bombings struck the Moscow subway.

Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin said he did not rule out that Wednesday’s attacks in Dagestan, near the border with Chechnya, could have been organized by “the same group” behind the Moscow subway bombings. Dmitri A. Medvedev, Russia’s president, called the two sets of attacks “links of the same chain.”

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More News On Russia's War In The Caucasus

13 killed in double suicide attack in southern Russia -- Long War Journal
Bombs kill 12 in Russia's Dagestan region -- CNN
At least 12 killed in suicide blasts in Russia -- Washington Post
Suicide Bombs Strike Southern Russia -- New York Times/AP
Russia Rocked By Another Twin Suicide Bombing -- ABC News
Fatal blasts rock North Caucasus town -- UPI
New twin suicide blasts rock southern Russia -- China View
Dagestan Suicide Bombings (VIDEO): Second Bombing Caught On Camera -- Huffington Post
Echoing Moscow attack, Dagestan bombings underscore Russia's terrorism threat -- Christian Science Monitor
Single terrorist group may be behind Moscow, Dagestan bombings - Putin -- RIA Novosti
Moscow, Kizlyar bombings linked - Dagestan's president -- RIA Novosti
First bomb in Dagestan blasts had power of 200 kg TNT - investigators -- RIA Novosti
Radical Dagestan is legacy of Kremlin's siege of Chechnya -- The Guardian

The North Caucasus region is the part of Russia that slopes up towards the main ridge of the Caucasus mountains, often considered the border between Europe and Asia. It is home to dozens of nationalities and languages, many of which have troubled relationships with their neighbours or with central governments in Moscow or Tbilisi.

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