Russia: Suicide Bomber Kills Eight During Funeral Of Police Officer Gunned Down A Day Earlier In Ingushetia
Both police and civilians were injured in the blast, according to the latest casualty figures.
The bombing targeted mourners at a funeral for a police officer killed in a shootout on Saturday.
The force of the explosive device was reportedly equivalent to ten kilograms of TNT, and was packed with shrapnel to increase the likelihood of casualties. Earlier reports suggested the force of the bomb was equivalent to three kilograms.
‘According to preliminary results, it was a suicide bomber who blew himself up at the mourning ceremony,’ RIA Novosti quoted the secretary of the Region’s Security Council as saying.
‘A head of a man whom nobody was able to identify was found several meters from the site of the bombing,’ Interfax news agency reported, quoting a source in the Republic’s police agency. ‘It may suggest the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.’” Read more.
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