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US Probe into Chechen, Saudi Bombing Links

The US is to investigate possible links between suicide bombs in Saudi Arabia and Chechyna after a second attack in the rebel Russian republic on Wednesday. A female suicide bomber killed 14 people and injured scores more in a Chechen town , officials said. The attack came two days after a suicide truck bombing on Monday at a Russian government complex east of the capital Grozny, which killed 59 people. The bombings have over-shadowed US Secretary of State Colin Powell’s diplomatic mission this week. Terrorists struck three foreigners’ compounds in Riyadh on the eve of Mr Powell’s visit to Saudi Arabia. The second Chechen suicide attack came as Mr Powell was preparing to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow. Wednesday’s attack is deeply embarrassing for Mr Putin, who is looking at ways to offer Chechnya greater autonomy within the Russia republic. The woman who carried out Wednesday’s attack was named as Shakhida Baimuratova, a Chechen separatist rebel. She was targeting the pro-Moscow head of the region’s administration, Akhmad Kadyrov, posing as a journalist, reports said, at a Muslim religious festival near the town of Iliskhan-Yurt, east of the Chechen capital Grozny. Full Story

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