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Death Toll in Chechen Truck Bombing at 54

The toll in the truck bombing of a Chechen government compound rose to at least 54 dead and 300 wounded, rescue officials said Tuesday, amid criticism that lax security permitted the attack. The head of Chechnya’s Moscow-backed administration, Akhmad Kadyrov, said Monday’s attack proved that it was necessary to “introduce changes in the conduct of the counter-terrorist operation” in Chechnya, the Interfax news agency reported. He proposed that responsibility for fighting rebels be switched to the region’s own Interior Ministry instead of the Moscow-based Federal Security Service and Russian troops. As top officials of the Nadterechny region of northern Chechnya held their regular morning meeting in the government headquarters in Znamenskoye on Monday, three suicide attackers blew up a truck laden with explosives nearby. The blast reduced eight buildings to rubble and killed or injured government workers, civilians visiting government offices, shopkeepers and residents of neighboring apartments. Full Story

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