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Officials Face Negligence Probe Over Stavropol Bomb Attack

Medics and police help a wounded person after the bombing in Stavropol on May 26.
STAVROPOL, Russia -- Security officials in Stavropol are being investigated for negligence in connection with a bomb blast that killed seven people in the southern Russian city on May 26, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Russia's presidential envoy in the North Caucasus Federal District, Aleksandr Khloponin, made the announcement today. He did not identify any of the officials.

The bomb went off near a cultural center as people were gathering for a Chechen dance performance.

Earlier today, Russian officials announced they had detained two suspects in the Republic of Ingushetia.

The Stavropol region of Russia, which borders Russia’s volatile Muslim republics in the North Caucasus, is observing a day of mourning today for the victims.

Thirty people injured in the bomb attack are still in hospital, RFE/RL reports.