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At least one person has been killed and many others injured, on Tuesday 08/17/2010, in two separate explosions in Russia’s North Caucasus region.

An explosion hit a cafe in the city of Pyatigorsk, which lies at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains, injuring at least 20 people on Tuesday afternoon (see also – Pyatigorsk 11.22.07).

Stanislav Belyayev, a spokesman for the Stavropol region police, said the explosion appeared to be a “deliberate terror attack”, but added an official investigation was under way. Nogai Jamaat is the most active Islamic militant group in the region and is therefore suspected of committing the attack.


Earlier in the day a suicide bomber killed one policeman and injured three others in North Ossetia, authorities said. The attacker blew himself up after approaching a checkpoint on a road near the border with Ingushetia province, a North Ossetian police official said.

“He detonated an unidentified explosive device,” Samir Sabatkoyev, a spokesman for the regional interior ministry, told the AFP news agency.

North Ossetia lies to the north of the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia, recognized by Russia as independent after the 2008 war with Georgia over its status (see – Georgia Crisis).

Tuesday’s attack took place in North Ossetia’s Prigorodny district, the site of a territorial dispute between ethnic Ossetians and Ingush that erupted into fighting in 1992 and remains a source of tension.


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