Nazran, Russia: 18 dead in car bomb attack in Ingushetia Region
Eighteen people died in southern Russian city Nazaran, when a car bomb expoloded early in the morning. Death toll may rise as more than 60 are seriously injured.No organisation have taken the responsibilty of the atack yet. Investigatigators are trying to find out the link of the attack.
A car bomb exploded at the police headquarters in the southern Russian city of Nazran on Monday, and the RIA Novosti state news agency
said at least seven people were killed and more than 20 wounded.
The blast occurred in the courtyard of the building as police officers turned out for morning roll call, local officials said, but details on casualties and the nature of the attack were still unfolding.
Nazran is the chief city in the restive southern Russian republic of Ingushetia that has been beset by attacks on law enforcement personnel by Islamist fighters.
The explosion was described as "powerful", causing many casualties and "significant damage to the building", the statement added. It was estimated to have the force of at least 20kg (44lbs) of TNT, officials said.
Much of the violence in Ingushetia has echoed the continuing violence in Chechnya, with escalating clashes in the past year between pro-Russian security forces and armed militants.
Less than a week ago, Ingushetia's construction minister was shot dead by masked gunmen.
That followed the shooting dead of three employees of Russia's emergencies ministry.
In Chechnya, Russian forces were engaged in heavy fighting with separatist rebels until a few years ago, though the fighting has become much less intense recently.