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Interior Ministry HQ in Nazran bombed

On 17 August 2009, a suicide bomber drove a GAZelle truck filled with explosives into the Nazran police headquarters. At least 25 people were killed and 164 injured. It was the most serious terrorist attack in Ingushetia in recent years. The attack occurred as police officers were lining up nearby for a morning briefing.[4]Policemen fired at the car, but were unable to stop it.[5]The blast, which reportedly had the force of 400 kg of dynamite, created a crater 4metres (13 ft) wide and 2metres (6.6 ft) deep, damaged the police headquarters building and nearby apartments.It also caused ammunition stored in the police headquarters to explode.

According the Republic's Deputy Interior MinisterZyaudin Dourbekov, police had received information on August 15 that a vehicle of this type was going to be used in a a suicide bombing, but were unable to prevent the attack. The Ingush authorities announced a three-day mourning period and promised to pay 100,000 rubles ($3,000 USD) and 50,000 rubles ($1,500 USD) in compensation to the families of those killed or injured.

On 21 August, a notorious militants leader Alexander Tikhomirov or Said Buryatsky claimed responsibility for the attack. In the video recording Buryatsky is sitting inside the Gazelle van. The footage was probably not taken in the mountains, as he is dressed in casual clothes, not the military camouflage of an Islamist insurgent which he would normally wear in the forest.

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Sources:

  • The Christian Science Monitor 17.08.2009 "Truck bomb signals trouble on Russia's southern flank"
  • Prague Watchdog 1.09.2009 "The death of Said Buryatsky (weekly review)"

    Agentura.Ru January 12, 2011