Lyubov Pronina and Anastasia Ustinova
April 1, 2010
President Dmitry Medvedev called for a “brutal” response to terrorism during a trip to Dagestan in Russia’s mostly Muslim North Caucasus region, where 14 people have died in bomb blasts in the last two days.
“We’ve twisted off the heads of the most odious thugs, but clearly that’s not enough,” Medvedev said during a security meeting in the regional capital Makhachkala. “We’ll find them all in a timely manner and we’ll punish them all,” he said in comments broadcast on state television. “That’s the only way.”
Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks on Moscow subway stations on March 29 that killed at least 39 people. Yesterday, 12 people died in two bomb blasts in Dagestan near the border with Chechnya. Two more died in an explosion in Dagestan today.
Russia’s North Caucasus, which includes Chechnya and Dagestan, is plagued by an Islamist insurgency, the country’s highest unemployment rates and rampant corruption. Authorities linked the two female suicide bombers in Moscow to groups in the region.
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