Islamists claim responsibility for Russian bombing

September 16, 2010 22:24

MOSCOW – A Chechen Islamist rebel group has claimed responsibility for last week's suicide car bombing in Russia's volatile North Caucasus that left 18 dead and 140 wounded.

The Riyadus Salikhin Martyrs' Brigade says the attack was part of a "jihad" against Russia in the North Caucaus, where most of the republics are predominantly Muslim.

Last Thursday's attack took place in Vladikavkaz, the capital of the North Ossetia republic, which has a sizable Muslim minority.

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