AFP: Blast rocks Russian government building in Grozny, one killed
- Blast rocks Russian government building in Grozny, one killed
MOSCOW, Sept 3 (AFP) -
A powerful bomb blast tore through the main Russian government building
in Chechnya on Monday, killing one person but leaving the pro-Moscow
administration chief Akhmad Kadyrov unharmed, Interfax reported.
Kadyrov was leading a weekly government meeting on the third floor of
the administration building when the bomb went off at around noon (0800
The blast, equivalent to one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of TNT, went off on
the second floor of the building, directly under the conference room
where Kadyrov and his top deputies were meeting, the report said.
One woman, identified as administrative assistant Khizhan Orziyeva, 27,
was killed in the blast.
The Russian administration building in Grozny was opened with much
fanfare by federal troops in April of this year, a symbolic gesture of
Moscow's resolve to reassert its control over the rebel republic.
However, the building has also become one of the most heavily fortified
in Chechnya, being the focus of rebels who have been waging a brutal
guerrilla war with Russian forces for the past 23 months.
Since his appointment last June, Kadyrov, the former mufti (Islamic
leader) of the separatist republic, has been attacked several times by
Chechen rebels who have placed a price on his head.
He also narrowly escaped death after being shot at by Russian troops
last November. Federal forces later said they had mistakenly identified
him as a rebel commander.
Hours before that shooting, Kadyrov escaped an attempt on his life by a
suicide bomber. Police saw the man blow himself up near the pro-Moscow
seat of government in Gudermes.
In July, unidentified gunmen attacked Kadyrov's residence in Gudermes.
He was not at home at the time.