Russian minister slams 'inadequate' security in Dagestan

6th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov on Monday slammed inadequate security measures after a militant attack killed three Russian soldiers at a military base in Dagestan.

"Harsher measures should have been taken," Serdyukov said, Russian news agencies reported. "I gave orders to tighten security. The measures that were taken were, in my opinion, inadequate."

A detailed report will be issued within three days analysing the attack, he said.

A suicide bomber drove a car full of explosives to a field used by motor brigades near Buynaksk, Dagestan, on Sunday. The blast killed three and injured 35 people.

Serdyukov's reproach came as two more people died from an explosion Monday as they ran from police in Danuh, a mountain village about 60 kilometers west of Dagestan's capital Makhachkala.

A man and a woman emerged from a forest but "turned around and ran back when they saw police, after which there was an explosion. They died," a Dagestan interior ministry spokesman told RIA Novosti news agency.

It was not immediately clear whether the pair were carrying explosives or died from a bomb that was already in the forest, he said.

Two more corpses were found in a forest in Tabasaran district of Dagestan, apparently the same people who opened fire on a police post from a car when the police tried to check their documents on Sunday, the Dagestan Interior Ministry said Monday.

In Kabardino-Balkaria, another region in North Caucasus, police killed a militant after he opened fire on request to show his documents, the regional interior ministry said Monday without disclosing the identity of the militant.

Russia has been struggling to quell an Islamist insurgency in its North Caucasus regions, especially Dagestan and Ingushetia, which has claimed scores of lives in the ranks of the security forces in the past year.

© 2010 AFP

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