Chechen fighters claim minor blast in Russia's Gazprom HQ

Chechen fighters claimed responsibility for a small explosion three days ago near the Moscow headquarters of Russia's gas giant Gazprom.

Chechen fighters claim minor blast in Russia's Gazprom HQ

 

Chechen fighters on Thursday claimed responsibility for a small explosion three days ago near the Moscow headquarters of Russia's gas giant Gazprom .

Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov said in a statement posted on the www.kavkazcenter.com website that Gazprom had been targeted to show the Kremlin had failed to defeat Chechen resistance.

One of the most populous regions in the mainly Muslim north Caucasus, Chechnya declared independency after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but was attacked by Russian forces in two wars since the mid-1990s.

Still low-level insurgency continues in Muslim states controlled by Russia.

"The aim of this operation was to show Kremlin businessmen... that the war is not over," Umarov said in the statement.

A home-made bomb containing an estimated 3-5 kilos (6-11 pounds) of TNT exploded on Aug. 9 on the roof of a garage several hundred metres from the headquarters of Gazprom, Russia's biggest company, according to local media.

No-one was hurt and the incident had passed largely unnoticed until the fighter claim of responsibility on Thursday. A Gazprom spokesman declined to comment.

Human rights groups have repeatedly accused the authorities of serious abuses including house burning, extra-judicial killings, torture and illegal punishment under the "counter-terrorism" attacks.

Amnesty International also said in its 2009 report on Caucasus that so-called the counter-terrorism operation that the Russian authorities declared there gave a green light to human right violations by government forces in Chechnya.

Reuters
 

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