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The Nazran Massacre

I don’t know what’s worse about today’s suicide bombing in Nazran, Ingushetia.  The fact that 20 innocent people were murdered and some 140 injured, or the fact that it is these kinds of horrific attacks which serve as justification for retaliatory human rights violations and lawless crackdowns by the authorities.  These are the kinds of attacks that keep people like Kadyrov in power.  Some coverage here and here, with photos and video below.

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Emergency workers look through debris at a destroyed police station in Nazran, Ingushetia, Russia, Monday, Aug. 17, 2009. A suicide bomber exploded a truck at a police station in Russia’s restive North Caucasus Monday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 60 others, officials said. (AP Photo)

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People look through the window of a destroyed dwelling house at thesite of an exploded police station in Nazran, southern Russia, August17, 2009. A suicide bomber detonated a truck packed with explosives ata local police headquarters in Russia’s Ingushetia region on Mondaykilling at least 19 people and wounding 68 others. (Reuters Pictures)