Islamist militants have killed two people and injured two others in an attack on a hydroelectric power station in Russia’s North Caucasus region.
Officials say the insurgents shot two security guards dead before placing several bombs inside the plant’s turbines, putting it out of action and setting it ablaze.
Valery Shogenov, director of the Baksanskaya hydropower plant, said: “The power station has been fully shut down. The fire has probably burnt down the first and second unit, although the third is still intact. The fire is nearly under control.”
The attack happened Wednesday morning in Baksan in the region of Kabardino-Balkaria.
Firemen then battled for over three hours to get the blaze under control.
Moscow is trying to curb an insurgency in the North Caucasus’s southern provinces. The militants want to create an independent Islamic state there.
No group has admitted to the bombing but Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, the self-styled ‘Emir of the Caucasus Emirate, had vowed to attack Russia’s energy pipelines and power stations.
He said he ordered the Moscow metro bombings in March that killed 40 people.