Major attacks in Russia: a timeline

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Russia was again on Thursday the scene of a deadly attack linked to the conflict in the Caucasus, which has been plagued by an Islamist insurgency.

Here is a timeline of the deadliest attacks carried out on Russian soil, most of which have been linked to the conflict in the predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region of Chechnya:


- September 13: A Moscow apartment building is destroyed by a bomb, leaving 118 dead. Five attacks in Russia from August 31 to September 16 kill 293.


- August 19: in Chechnya a Russian Mi-26 helicopter is shot down by separatists near Grozny killing 121.

- October 23-26: Chechen rebels take hostage more than 800 people attending a musical in Moscow. 130 hostages are killed, 128 of them by a gas used by special forces to subdue the gunmen before storming the theatre.

- December 27: 83 people are killed when Chechen rebels drive two explosives-packed vehicles into the region's administration headquarters.


- July 5: Two female suicide bombers, at least one of Chechen origin, kill 15 people at a Moscow rock concert.

- August 1: Fifty people are killed in a truck bomb attack on a military hospital in Mozdok, a town in the North Caucasus region of North Ossetia.


- February 6: A powerful bomb rips through a packed Moscow subway train during the morning rush hour, killing 41 people.

- August 24: Two passenger planes that have just taken off from Moscow are blown up in coordinated bombings, killing 90 people.

- September 1-3: Chechen separatists take some 1,200 children, teachers and parents at a school in Beslan, North Ossetia. The siege ends in a shootout that kills at least 334 people, half of them children, and 31 rebels.


- November 27: The bombing of an upscale passenger train running from Moscow to Saint Petersburg kills 28 people. Islamists claim responsibility.


- March 29: Around 40 people are killed after two female suicide bombers blow themselves up in metro stations in central Moscow.

© 2010 AFP

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