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Suspected militants attack Russian power plant

Suspected militants attack hydroelectric station in the Caucasus republic.



Moscow: Suspected militants today
attacked a hydroelectric station in the Caucasus republic of
Kabardino-Balkaria in southern Russia, killing two guards and
setting off bombs.

In the pre-dawn strike, the attackers killed the
guards at the Baksan hydro electrical power and carried out
two blasts damaging two of three generators, reports said.

"At about 05:20 a.m. (local time) a group of unknown
people burst into the Baksan hydropower plant in the village
of Islamei and shot two security guards. Then the unknown
assailants made two explosions in the territory of the plant,
including the blowing up of the generator," RIA Novosti
reported.

Two staff were wounded in the blasts and fire in the
administrative and machine room of the Baksan HPP, the police
are searching for a third bomb, ITAR-TASS said.

The assailants fled. There have been no immediate
claims of responsibility for the attack.

The operator of Baksan HPP RusHydro said power
generation has been suspended and its gates have been opened.
Baksan HPP with 25 MW capacity was initially built in
1938.

PTI

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