Suicide Bombings Rock Russia Anew

Less than a day since Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin promised to “scrape from the sewers” those who were behind Monday’s suicide bombings on the Moscow subway, two explosions occurred in the country’s Federal Republic of Dagestan, killing a high-ranking police official and at least eight others.

Reports said the twin attacks took place in the town of Kizlyar. The first attack involved a car bomb, which exploded near the office of the local interior ministry. The second bomb detonated 35 minutes later in the same area. Among those killed in the second explosion was Kizlyar police chief Col. Vitaly Vedernikiov.

The Dagestan attacks come just a couple days after the Moscow bombings that left 39 people dead and a day after a period of mourning was declared to honor those who died in the subway explosions. The peace and order situation in Dagestan has deteriorated in recent months after Chechen rebels vowed to escalate attacks on Russian territory following a crackdown by the military against the militant group.