posted on May, 9 2004 @ 03:34 AM
An explosion in the Russian republic of Chechnya has killed at least 32 people and injured 46, according to Interior Ministry officials. The blast at
the Dynamo stadium in the capital, Grozny, came during a ceremony marking victory in World War II.
Killed in the explosion was Chechnya's President Akhmad Kadyrov. Other government officials killed were Hussein Isayev, head of Chechnya's State
Council, and Eli Isayev, the region's finance minister.
A spokesman for Russia's emergency situations ministry said a landmine made of a 152mm artillery shell had exploded in a VIP seating area. A second
unexploded devide was later found in the area and safely de-activated.
The commander of Russian troops in Chechnya, Gen Valery Baranov, was critically injured in the blast and had to have a leg amputated. He was
initially believed to be among the dead.
Russian television showed chaotic scenes at the stadium as emergency services treated the victms.
The emergency ministry spokesman said a second landmine had been found following the evacuation of the stadium.
Chechen Prime Minister Sergei Abramov will become the republic's acting president, the Kremlin said.
However, the Russian news agency Interfax put the number of casualties at one dead and 25 injured.
The source of the landmine will be important, but there are several possibilities;
1) It was a landmine by renegade Chechen rebels trying to kill their pro-Russia leaders
2) It was a landmine by Russia to kill the Chechen leaders, unknowingly blowing up one of their allies
3) It was a random terror attack.
[Edited on 9-5-2004 by SkepticOverlord]
[Edited on 9-5-2004 by Banshee]
[Edited on 10-5-2004 by Zion Mainframe]