Explosions rock Russian power plant, two killed by gunmen (2)

20:06, July 21, 2010      

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According to Russia's national anti-terrorism committee, possible suspects of the attack have been identified.

Following the incident, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin instructed his deputy Igor Sechin to map out a plan to repair the damage and provide power from other sources in the meantime, said his spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Sechin would also chair a meeting later in the day, attended by the Energy Ministry and energy companies to analyze the bombings, said Peskov, adding the Russian Energy Ministry meanwhile had established a crisis center led by Deputy Energy Minister Andrei Shishkin.

Local authorities played down the risks of floods, saying the water gate had been closed in time. They also said local electricity supplies would be unaffected as other stations would be able to cope with the extra demand.

Meanwhile, they did not rule out the existence of other explosive devices at the power plant, which has already been cordoned off. Orders have been given to beef up security and protection of all the power plants across the country.

Local police has called the incident a terrorist attack. A law enforcement source was cited by the RIA Novosti news agency as saying the same group of assailants may be responsible for an earlier attack on police.

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