Attackers kill 3 tourists in Russian resort area

February 19, 2011 12:25

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia — Russian police said camouflage-clad men claiming to be security forces killed three Russian tourists and wounded two others in a Caucasus region afflicted by rising insurgent violence.

The tourists were attacked Friday night as a mini-van was transferring them from a regional airport to the winter sports resort area of Baksan in the republic of Kabardino-Balkariya, according to regional police spokesman Maxim Ushanov. Baksan is near Mount Elbrus, Europe's highest mountain and a popular ski area.

Russian news reports on Saturday said an explosion heavily damaged a ski lift on one of the slopes of Elbrus. The reports cited local law enforcement sources.

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