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Bomb Hits Daghestan Power Station

4 August 2005 (RFE/RL) -- A bomb exploded at an electric-power substation in Russia's Republic of Daghestan today, but caused no deaths or injuries.

The Interior Ministry said the explosive device went off in the middle of the night at a substation near the town of Khasavyurt, which is close to the internal border with war-ravaged Chechnya.

The same substation came under fire from a grenade launcher late last month in what the head of the regional power company, who is also a Daghestan government official, called part of a failed plan to mount a series of terrorist attacks on Khasavyurt.

The blast at the substation came a day after authorities said they found and defused a bomb near a gas pipeline in another part of Daghestan.

The ethnically mixed, mostly Muslim, region in southern Russia has been hit by frequent bombings and other attacks in the past year.


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