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#Caucasus

# caucasus - Sunday 27 September, 2020

'A step away from large-scale war': Fighting erupts between Azerbaijan and Armenia over disputed region

Azerbaijan claims to have captured seven Armenian-controlled villages.

# caucasus - Wednesday 31 August, 2011

Nine killed in triple suicide attack in Grozny

The bombers struck the Chechen capital during celebrations marking the end of Ramadan.

# caucasus - Sunday 8 May, 2011

One police officer and 8 militants killed in southern Russian

Russian police say rebels from Caucasus region were planning a terrorist attack for Monday, when Russians celebrate the end of European fighting in the Second World War.

# caucasus - Tuesday 17 August, 2010

TWO EXPLOSIONS HAVE been reported in southern Russia. A bomb outside a cafe in Pyatigorsk, southern Russia (marked on map), has injured 21 people.

Pyatigorsk city is in the volatile North Caucasus region of Russia. Authorities are investigating the explosion and a bomb squad is on the scene.

The cause of the explosion has not been confirmed, but is believed to have been a car bomb.

In May, a bomb in the same region killed eight people outside a concert hall.

Earlier today, a suicide bomber in a neighbouring region on the North Ossetia and Ingushetia border exploded his bomb when approached by border patrol, killing one guard and wounding another.

A second man was arrested later who is believed to have been heading to Moscow to carry out a terrorist attack.

Speaking about unrest in the south of the country, President Dmitry Medvedev tweeted today about the difficulties in tackling the problem:

Without investment and new jobs Daghestan won’t be calm. Without fighting the militants there will be no investment or economic development.

# caucasus - Wednesday 21 July, 2010

TWO PEOPLE WERE KILLED and another two injured in an attack on a hydro-electric power station in Russia early this morning. The two dead men are believed to have been security guards at the Baksan power plant.

The attackers planted explosives in the facility after killing the guards and assaulting two technicians. Four exploded and another device was discovered intact, and defused.

Insurgents from the volatile north Caucasus region have been blamed for the incident. Three generators were put out of action as a result of the explosions, temporarily halting the plant’s operations.

Following the attack, Russia’s president Dmitry Medvedev tweeted: “Security at strategic sites tightened after today’s explosions at the HPP.”

He added that there were no electricity shortages in the area supplied by the station.

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.

Today, Foreign Policy listed Russia’s reaction to Chechen militants as one of the five “World’s Worst Counter-terrorism Ideas”. The report refers to Russia’s punishment of militant’s families in an attempt to target insurgents.