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3 May, 2010 07:41

Militants attack gas distribution hub in Southern Russia

A group of ten armed men stormed a gas distribution station in Russia’s Southern Republic of Dagestan on Monday. Parts of the station were reportedly blown up, causing damage to the station’s equipment.

The connection with the gas stations in the republic has been lost and gas supplies in eight regions have been affected.

Officials say the militants also shot at a nearby mobile phone mast. However, they did let go the station's manager and his family, who live on the site of the station, prior to attacking it.

Police and gas specialists are now trying to secure the fuel depot.