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Car bomb targets military base in Dagestan

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-09

A suicide car bomb exploded near a Russian military base in the troubled region of Dagestan Sunday, the Interfax news agency said. The blast happened hours before a huge military parade in Moscow to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the end of WWII.

REUTERS - A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb near a military base in Russia’s southern Dagestan region on Sunday, killing an unknown number of people, Interfax news agency reported, quoting an unnamed military official.

“According to preliminary information there were fatalities, their number is being established,” the official was quoted as saying.

The car exploded around 200 meters (yards) from a base housing a brigade of marines in the town of Kaspiysk in the mainly Muslim region of Dagestan, the official said.  Police were on alert for possible attacks ahead of Sunday’s celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the Soviet victory in World War Two.

Insurgents from neighbouring Chechnya have launched attacks on Victory Day, a holiday associated with the mass deportation of ethnic Chechens by Stalin during the war.

Dagestan, Chechnya and neighbouring Ingushetia are at the centre of an Islamist insurgency aimed at establishing an independent Islamic state.

 

Date created : 2010-05-09

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