Moscow on security alert after North Caucasus bombs


Dmitry Solovyov
Reuters
August 19, 2010

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Moscow police were on heightened alert on Wednesday after two bomb blasts hit Russia’s volatile North Caucasus, causing dozens of casualties and renewing fears of insurgent attacks in the heartland of Russia.

A decade after Russian forces defeated separatists who controlled Chechnya, the North Caucasus is plagued by an Islamist insurgency stoked by corruption, poverty and the ideology of global jihad.

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The bomb attacks on Tuesday, in a city near a busy cafe and at a police border checkpoint, occurred in mainly Orthodox Christian provinces where violence linked to the insurgency is less frequent than in predominantly Muslim Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia.

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