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Three Dead in Chechnya Blast as Putin Hosts Leaders

A bomb targeting a bus carrying workers to Russia’s main military base in its turbulent Chechnya region killed three people on Friday, security sources said. The attack in a region where separatists have fought government forces for nearly a decade took place as world leaders arrived in St Petersburg, at the other end of the country, for celebrations marking the 300th birthday of Russia’s second city, hosted by President Vladimir Putin. Security sources said the bus had dropped off about 20 workers after taking them to Khankala, the main Russian military base just outside the Chechen capital, Grozny. One person traveling in a nearby car died, along with two others in the vicinity. Eight people were injured. The attack was the latest in an upsurge of violence in Chechnya in recent weeks, making a mockery of Russian claims that people are rallying behind a Kremlin peace plan and that the security situation is returning to normal. Grozny Mayor Oleg Zhidkov called for more mobile patrols but said he opposed any increased Russian troop presence, Interfax news agency reported. Full Story

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