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Last updated at 10:07 BST, Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Bomb attack in Russia

Summary

17 August 2009

At least 11 people have been killed and over 50 injured in a suspected suicide bomb attack in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia. The attacker drove his vehicle into the gates of the local interior ministry buildings.

Reporter:
Daniel Fisher

Wreakage caused by the bomb blast

Wreckage caused by the bomb blast

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This morning in the Ingush capital of Nazran, local police were standing to attention in the courtyard of their headquarters to receive their orders for the day, when a bomber drove a truck loaded with explosives into the gates of the building.

The blast set the building alight destroying much of it and many of the vehicles parked there. Local officials have warned that the number of dead could still rise as local apartment blocks were also hit and children were amongst the wounded. The bombing is one of the deadliest in months and damages the Kremlin's claims that the Republic's new president is bringing the region under control.

The Ingush president Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, who was still convalescing after surviving an assassination attempt in June, spoke about the attack this morning. He pointed the finger at the West saying that it was behind the blast. He said that western powers would never allow Russia to reclaim its status as a world power.

Daniel Fisher, BBC News, Moscow

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standing to attention

alert and ready to receive orders (expression often used when talking about soldiers or police officers)

courtyard

private area outside a building which is enclosed by walls

set the building alight

caused the building to start burning

damages the Kremlin's claims

makes it difficult to believe what the Russian government says

bringing the region under control

managing to govern the area more successfully than before

convalescing

resting and recovering after an illness or unpleasant experience

surviving an assassination attempt

staying alive after somebody tried to kill him for political reasons

pointed the finger at

blamed

was behind the blast

initiated the attack

reclaim its status

take back the political position it previously held