Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

Turkish troops to go further into Syria, says foreign minister

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Court ruling expected on Gabon's contested election results

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Clinton's Comedy Turn

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Sarkozy's Populist Pivot, Bahamas Leaks, Syria Truce, Rome Olympic Bid (Part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

US Police Shootings: Race relations and the race to the White House (Part 1)

Read more

#TECH 24

Breaking the wall between technology and people

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Rural France: Challenges and opportunities

Read more

REPORTERS

Video: In Burma, ex-political prisoners struggle to return to normal life

Read more

ENCORE!

Xavier Dolan: Wunderkind of Québecquois cinema

Read more

Europe

Suicide attack in Chechnyu kills seven, injures four

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-27

Seven people were killed and four were wounded in a suicide attack in Russia's violence-ridden region of Chechnya. Chechen President Kadyrov said the attack was carried out by Islamists rebels against Russian rule.

AFP - Seven people died and four others were wounded Sunday in a suicide attack in Russia's turbulent southern mountain region of Chechnya, officials said.
   
Four Chechen police officers as well as a Georgian and a Turkish man died along with the suicide bomber in the capital Grozny, when the attacker detonated a bomb outside a concert hall around 5:00 pm (1300 GMT), Mariam Nalayeva, the spokeswoman for the investigators' office, told AFP.
   
The Turkish national was working in the Caucasus republic's building industry, she said, but did not give details about the other civilian.
   
The identity of the suicide bomber was not immediately known.
   
Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said the attack showed a violent campaign waged against Russian rule by Islamist rebels was in its "death throes."
   
The Kremlin-backed leader told news agency Interfax: "It is an attempt to make our forces pull back from the area where a special operation is being carried out, an attempt to make us stop working to destroy the rebels."    
   
"We will not stop until we have eliminated all the rebels who target peaceful citizens, the security forces, the military and members of religious orders."
   
Chechnya has been the site of several bloody attacks since April when Moscow ended its controversial "anti-terror operation" which lasted more than a decade.
   
The North Caucasus republics of Ingushetia and Dagestan, which border Chechnya, are also regularly rocked by militant attacks.
 

Date created : 2009-07-26

COMMENT(S)