There has been more carnage in Russia, this time in the republic of Dagestan in the Caucasus. It comes on the same day Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for the Metro attacks in Moscow.
In the bombing in Dagestan, at least 12 people perished, when two blasts ripped through the town of Kizlar in the north of the country. The first attack came in the form of a car bomb striking outside the local interior ministry and FSB security agency at about 8:30am local time. That was followed some 20 minutes later after another bomber, reportedly dressed in a police uniform, blew himself up next to the gathering crowd.
The coordinated strikes come some 48 hours after the double bombing on Moscow’s metro. Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin premier says the possibility of a link is strong.
‘‘I don’t rule out that this attack has been committed by the same group’‘ We see this as a crime against Russia. Special forces and police are at work; we have to work out a plan for compensation to the victims and the families of the deceased,’‘ the Russian premier said.
The events in Dagestan are a stark reminder for many Muscovites who are still trying to come to terms with Monday’s horror. With the hunt for the bombers continuing, authorities have released two images they say are the faces of the women who carried out the suicide attacks. Security services are also looking for several accomplices. In the Russian capital, the first funerals of victims have been held. But relatives suffering looks unlikely to deter militants. In a video posted on an unofficial Islamist website Umarov warned attacks would continue on Russia.