Backgrounder: Major terrorism attacks in Russia linked to Russia's North Caucasus

17:24, March 31, 2010      

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Nine people, including two police officers, were killed in two blasts on Wednesday in the town of Kizlyar in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

Russia's North Caucasus includes the republics of Adygea, Karachay-Cherkessia, Kabardino-Balkaria, North Ossetia-Alainia, Ingushetia, Chechnya and Dagestan.

The following are some of the major terrorist attacks within the republics or linked to terrorists in the region since 2009:

On March 30, 2010, two explosions hit the Moscow subway system in the morning rush hour on Monday, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 70. The blasts had been confirmed possible links to terrorist groups in Russia's North Caucasus.

On Feb. 19, 2010, one policeman was killed and 16 others were injured in two explosions in Ingushetia.

On Nov. 27, 2009, at least 27 people were killed and more than 100 others injured in the derailment of a Russian express train. The train traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg left the tracks near the town of Bologoye on the border between the Tver and Novgorod regions. Preliminary investigations indicated the derailment was caused by a bomb blast.

On Aug. 17, 2009, a truck packed with explosives crashed through the gates of a police building in Ingushetia, triggering a powerful blast that killed at least 20 people and injured 138.

On July 26, 2009, four police officers and a suicide bomber were killed in a blast at an entrance to a concert hall in Chechnya. Ten others were injured.

On July 4, 2009, nine Chechen police officers were killed when gunmen armed with automatic weapons attacked their convoy in Ingushetia. Nine other police officers were badly wounded in the roadside strike.

On June 22, 2009, the leader of the Republic of Ingushetia, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, was wounded in an attack on his motorcade.

On June 13, 2009, former Deputy Prime Minister of Ingushetia Bashir Aushev was killed in a drive-by shooting.

On March 5, 2009, six people were killed and two others injured when a landmine exploded in a village of the Nazran district in Ingushetia.

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