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Chechen rebels blamed for blast

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov has gone to a military hospital targeted in a suicide attack blamed on Chechen separatists which killed up to 40 people. Mr Ivanov – who has been sent by President Putin to personally investigate the blast in North Ossetia – said he had suspended two military commanders for possible negligence. Officers on guard in Mozdok – home to a military base – had explicit orders to check every car. But a suicide bomber was able to drive a truck packed with ammonium nitrate explosive outside the hospital’s front doors and detonate it. Rescue efforts involving more than 1,000 people are still going on, but hopes of finding any more survivors in the rubble of the collapsed building are fading. More than 100 people were in the hospital – which treats civilians as well as Russian soldiers – when the bomb was detonated on Friday. Officials say they have now traced the truck’s movements. Full Story

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