A truck bomb ripped through a compound of the pro-Moscow government in northern Chechnya on Monday, killing at least 30 people and wounding more than 100 others in an attack an official blamed on rebels. The blast, coming on the first working day following a series of state holidays, underlined the violence that continues to roil Chechnya even as the Kremlin claims the more than 3 1/2-year-old war is winding down and normal life is returning. Maj.-Gen. Ruslan Avtayev, the chief of the Chechen branch of the Emergency Situations Ministry, said the blast completely destroyed the two-story building housing the office of the Federal Security Service, the intelligence agency that is leading Russia’s campaign in Chechnya, in the town of Znamenskoye. It also damaged four nearby administrative buildings. At least 30 people were killed, said Avtayev and Sultan Akhmetkhanov, the head of the Nadterechny region, where the blast occurred. More than 100 people were hospitalized, Avtayev said. The two officials said eight residential houses were also damaged. Full Story
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