At least 11 people were killed and 60 injured today when a powerful car bomb exploded in the center of Grozny, the capital of breakaway Chechnya. The explosion, which came just a week before the first anniversary of Russia’s military intervention into the territory, blasted a six-foot crater into the road outside the regional administration building. Police at the scene said the death toll could rise. Interfax quoted first deputy regional administration head Vladimir Zorin as saying the bomb attack was aimed against the people and against a settlement of the Chechen conflict. "But we will continue to search for a peaceful way out of the Chechen conflict," he added. (1)
Huge Quake in Kurile Islands.