A suicide attack carried out at a police station in the northern Russian city of Nazran claimed 20 lives and wounded more than 130 Monday, spurring Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to fire the regional interior minister. — KA

Times Online:

“I believe this was not only a result of problems connected to terrorist activities, but also a result of the unsatisfactory performance of the republic’s law enforcement agencies,” Mr Medvedev said.

In a sign of official desperation over spiralling violence by Islamist militants in the North Caucasus, however, Ingushetia’s Kremlin-appointed President lashed out at the West. Yunus-Bek Yevkurov accused Britain, the United States and Israel of fomenting unrest in the region, while also blaming Islamist militants.

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