Four Armenians Among Russia Blast Victims


ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (RFE/RL)–Four Armenians were reportedly among at least 16 people killed in a powerful explosion that ripped through a busy market in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of South Ossetia on Thursday.

Russian authorities said a suicide car bomber detonated an explosive device packed with metal bars, bolts and ball bearings at the entrance to the market in the regional capital Vladikavkaz. About 100 people were wounded in the blast widely blamed on Islamist militants operating across the North Caucasus.

Artak Avetisian, an official at Armenia’s consulate in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don, told RFE/RL that one of the victims is an Armenian national while three others ethnic Armenian citizens of Russia. He said one of them has not been identified yet. Avetisian added that those wounded in the bomb attack also include Armenians.

Russia’s top leaders swiftly condemned the bombing. “What has happened is the latest outbreak of the criminal activity of bandits with whom there can be no compromise, no truce,” President Dmitry Medvedev said in televised comments.

“Criminals like those who acted today in the North Caucasus hope to sow hatred between our peoples,” Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said, for his part. “We have no right to let this happen.”

Predominantly Christian North Ossetia was repeatedly targeted in terrorist attacks resulting from wars between Russian forces and secessionist rebels in nearby Chechnya. At least 50 people were killed in a bomb blast at the same Vladikavkaz market in 1999. More than 330 others, most of them children, died in the 2004 school siege in the North Ossetian city of Beslan.

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  1. Greg said:

    I suspect that the Chechnyan’s are responsible for this atrocity. This gives Russia all the more reason to back Armenia on the Artsakh issue, as Russia is also suffering from the Muslim Chechnyan’s.
    This is the side of Islam that the US doesn’t want to show. Instead it attacks the Christians in Florida for wanting to burn the Koran. Hypocrisy at its best. The US fears Muslims, because there are 9-11 million in their country. Let Armenia not make the same mistake (as it nearly did during the ratification of the protocols) of bringing Muslims into the country, even if they may be the so called “moderate” peace loving ones. The most they will do is plant bombs in our buildings and streets as they do in London and Spain.

    • john papazian said:

      Yes it’s true,we thought we could live with the Muslim and we found out the hard way. As to the FL preacher,he did that to make a name for himself thats all. When will American claims of being a Christian country be proven to be the BS that it is? When will the so called Christian right stand with the worlds 1st Christian nation? The answer to these quistions mean nothing to the victems of terrorist.

  2. Satenik said:

    Tragic! And yet there was not a single mention of this in any British newspapers. Even The Independent” newspaper that is owned by a Russian has not covered this news yet.

  3. Sara said:

    There were over 990 articles published around the world by this morning about the bombing. It is a very sad day for the North Ossetians.

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