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Russia’s Medvedev urges vigilance after bomb blast

November 7, 2008

Russia faces a lingering terrorist threat and cannot drop its guard, President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday, a day after a suspected suicide bombing killed 12 people.

By Denis Dyomkin, Reuters

Security officials said they suspected a woman had blown herself up in Thursday’s blast at a bus stop in Vladikavkaz, a city in Russia’s North Caucasus region where Moscow has been struggling to contain a wave of violence.

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev arrives for his annual state ... 
Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev arrives for his annual state of the nation address in the Kremlin in Moscow, November 5, 2008.(RIA Novosti/Kremlin/Dmitry Astakhov/Reuters)

“This event shows that the terrorist threat in our country remains. It is no time to relax,” Medvedev said at a meeting with senior law enforcement officials in St Petersburg.

“Even though active terrorist attacks in our country have been suppressed, the conditions for these kinds of crime exist.”

Alexei Malashenko, a security analyst at the Moscow Carnegie Center, said the use of a female suicide bomber could point to militant Islamists who have not used the tactic on this scale since a spate of deadly attacks that culminated in the 2004 Beslan school siege, in which more than 300 people were killed.

In a separate explosion on Friday in Ingushetia, also part of the North Caucasus region, a police officer with the organized crime unit died after a bomb went off under his car as he opened the door, Interfax news agency reported.

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