Three terrorists killed in suicide bomb attack in Russia - no civilians injured Political and military events
Three terrorists killed in suicide bomb attack in Russia - no civilians injured
Three men, including at least one suicide bomber, have attacked a rural police station in southern Russia, the interior ministry has said, adding police in the affected area had been put on high alert.
The incident took place in a village in the Stavropol region, close to the volatile Muslim-majority North Caucasus area, where Islamic extremists intent upon carving out a breakaway caliphate have targeted police officers in a series of car bombings and shootings.
“An attack took place on a regional police station,” a spokesman for the interior ministry in Stavropol said. “One of the attackers blew himself up, two others were killed.” Initial reports said no one else had been hurt.
Accounts of what happened varied. Some Russian news agencies cited unnamed police sources as saying three suicide bombers had blown themselves up and that there were four attackers. Reuters could not independently confirm that.
The interior ministry spokesman said the authorities had responded to the attack by activating the Fortress Plan, which meant police had been put on a higher state of military-style readiness.
A witness video on the lifenews.ru news portal filmed at what it said was the scene of the attack showed the blackened entrance to the police station and assorted debris in front of it as an alarm sounded in the background.
The man filming the video, who was not named, said there had been five explosions and automatic gunfire.