20 killed in suicide attack on police station in Russia
At least 20 people, including policemen, were killed and over 60 injured when a suicide bomber today rammed an explosives-laden truck into the gates of a police station in a southern Russian city in the restive Ingushetia region, neighbouring Chechnya.world Updated: Aug 17, 2009 22:31 IST
At least 20 people, including policemen, were killed and over 60 injured when a suicide bomber on Monday rammed an explosives-laden truck into the gates of a police station in a southern Russian city in the restive Ingushetia region, neighbouring Chechnya.
The suicide attack in Nazran, the Caucasian Republic of Ingushetia's largest city, took place when policemen were
lined up in the courtyard at the start of the morning shift.
"At about 09:08 am Moscow time (10.38 IST) a yellow Gazelle truck broke through a gate at a check point near the
building. A powerful explosion followed shortly after that," a local investigator was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti.
Police had fired shots at the truck, but failed to stop it. The blast caused a fire that destroyed a weapons room
where ammunition detonated.
At least 20 people were killed, Svetlana Gorbakova of the Regional Branch of the Investigative Committee of the Russian
Prosecutor General's office said.
However, the death toll figures and the number of wounded varied. At least 57 people were hurt, including 10 in critical condition. Another senior official said 92 people were injured.
Russia's impoverished and mainly Muslim North Caucasus regions have seen a rise in violence in recent months.