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Two dead after bomb explodes outside in mosque in Russia's North Caucasus

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Two dead after bomb explodes outside in mosque in Russia's North Caucasus

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A bomb has exploded outside a mosque in Russia’s North Caucasus, killing two suspected suicide bombers.

It happened in Dugulubgey, a village in a region where Moscow is battling an Islamist insurgency.

It is just hundreds of kilometres from Sochi, where the Winter Olympics are set to take place in February.

“At the site of the explosion, the fragments of the bodies of two men have been found,” Interfax quoted a regional law enforcement source as saying on the condition of anonymity.

“Nearby was also found a Kalashnikov machine gun, which it has been ascertained was among the materials stolen during an attack on traffic police,” the source added.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said the blast was probably
the result of a suicide bombing.

The insurgency, rooted in two separatist wars fought by
rebels in Chechnya following the Soviet collapse, aims to
establish an Islamic state in the predominantly Muslim region.