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Russia: Two Suicide Bombers Carried Out Ingushetia Attack

Vladikavkaz, Russia; 16 September 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Officials in Ingushetia today said two suicide bombers carried out the deadly truck-bomb attack on a government security service building near Chechnya. A truck laden with up to 1,000 kilograms of explosives blew up yesterday outside the Ingushetia regional headquarters of the Federal Security Service, killing two people in addition to the alleged attackers and injuring at least 25.

A third victim died overnight in a Vladikavkaz hospital.

Yahiya Khadziev, spokesman for the Ingush Interior Ministry, says preliminary information suggested two unidentified suicide bombers were directly involved in the attack. Khadziev said police are seeking a third person who allegedly monitored the strike from a safe distance.

The bombing in Ingushetia, which has close ethnic ties to Chechnya and shelters tens of thousands of Chechen refugees, comes ahead of a planned presidential election in Chechnya on 5 October.