Attack in North Ossetia, 18 deaths
At eleven o'clock on Thursday Sept. 9 a bomb exploded in a crowded market. Russian President Medvedev: 'destroy the bombers'. The Caucasus is a place of violent tensions since the end of the Soviet Union.
Back to terror in the Caucasus in the closing days of Ramadan. A suicide bomber blew himself up in a car at the entrance of the central market town Vladikavkaz, capital of North Ossetia, one of the troubled republics (such as Dagestan and Ingushetia), close to Chechnya. The toll is 18 dead and over 123 wounded, including five in desperate conditions.
The explosion was so powerful it was felt three miles from the market. The bomber, who used 40 kilograms of explosives, had arrived aboard a Volga-3102 'with Ingush plate, said the President of North Ossetia, Taimuraz Mamsurov . On the site of the massacre found the decapitated body of the suicidal attack . Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has assured that the authorities will do "everything possible to catch and punish these monsters". Currently local authorities do not accuse the Islamic guerrillas, responsible for the brutal double attack in March that killed 40 people in the Moscow metro.
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said that 'people who have this fate have neither heart nor soul, have nothing sacred. And 'common duty to fight these criminals'. The Ingush president Yunus-bek Yevkyurov, a confidant of Medvedev, has assured that the attack will destabilize the northern Caucasus.
The head of security services has meanwhile announced the Russian press that three people suspected of involvement in organizing the attack, were arrested. In North Ossetia, a predominantly Christian republic in the Caucasus Russia a large Muslim majority, is still open wound in 2004 when more 'than 300 people died in a school of Beslan, where Chechen rebels took hostage more it' a thousand. In 1992 thousands of people died in ten days in clashes between ethnic Ossetians and Ingush.