Eight dead after suicide bombing in Russia’s Caucasus
Both police and civilians were injured in the blast, according to the latest casualty figures.
The bombing targeted mourners at a funeral for a police officer killed in a shootout on Saturday.
The force of the explosive device was reportedly equivalent to ten kilograms of TNT, and was packed with shrapnel to increase the likelihood of casualties. Earlier reports suggested the force of the bomb was equivalent to three kilograms.
“According to preliminary results, it was a suicide bomber who blew himself up at the mourning ceremony,” RIA Novosti quoted the secretary of the Region’s Security Council as saying.
“A head of a man whom nobody was able to identify was found several meters from the site of the bombing,” Interfax news agency reported, quoting a source in the Republic’s police agency. “It may suggest the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.”
RIA Novosti previously reported that five people were killed by what was believed to be a bomb blast that detonated underneath a police vehicle.
Ingushetian President Yunus-Bek Evkurov claimed the attack was deliberately planned to take place during the major Muslim holiday Uraza Bayram, known internationally as Eid al-Fitr.
“According to the obtained information, the attack on the policeman who died in the hospital from his injuries was specifically planned to carry out the funeral bombing,” Interfax quoted Evkurov as saying.
On Saturday, unknown attackers in a car opened fire on a police officer, and then fled.
The officer was taken to a hospital and later died from his wounds. A 14-year-old girl was also wounded in the shooting, and is currently in post-surgery recovery.
People gather at the site of a suicide bomb attack in the Malgobek district in the north of Ingushetia, in this still image taken from video August 19, 2012.(Reuters/Russian Interior Ministry press service via Reuters TV/Handout)
Investigators work at the site of a suicide bomb attack in the Malgobek district in the north of Ingushetia, August 19, 2012. (Reuters/Kazbek Basayev)
Damaged cars are seen after a suicide bomb attack in the Malgobek district in the north of Ingushetia, in this still image taken from video August 19, 2012. (Reuters/Russian Interior Ministry press service via Reuters TV/Handout)