New suicide blasts kill 12 in southern Russia
“Two suicide bombers including one impersonating a police officer killed 12 people in southern Russia on Wednesday, two days after deadly suicide bombings blamed on the region’s militants tore through the Moscow subway system.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Wednesday’s blasts in the province of Dagestan – which involved one bomber impersonating a police officer – may have been organized by the same militants who attacked the Moscow subway.
‘I don’t rule out that this is one and the same gang,’ Putin was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying at Cabinet meeting. The powerful former president previously vowed to ‘drag out of the sewer’ the terrorists who carried out the Moscow attacks, which killed 39 and injured scores more.
Bombings and other attacks occur almost daily in Dagestan, Chechnya and Ingushetia, provinces in Russia’s North Caucasus region where government forces are struggling against a separatist Islamist insurgency.
The Moscow subway bombings were the first suicide attacks in the Russian capital in six years and shocked a country that had grown accustomed to such violence being confined to its restive southern corner. Those attacks followed a recent warning from an Islamic militant leader that the militants would bring their struggle to the heart of Russia.”