Moscow: In a brazen pre-dawn attack,
militants stormed a key hydro-electric station in Russia`s
volatile North Caucasus region on Wednesday, killing two of its
guards and setting off a string of explosions in the plant.
Up to five militants carried out the attack and shot dead
two guards and injured two others, local media reported.
They planted in the facility several improvised
explosives devices, which blew up two generators and
switchboard of one of Russia`s oldest Baksan HPP in the
Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.
President Dmitry Medvedev, currently on visit to
Finland, and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin were immediately
informed of the attack.
They ordered stepped up security at all the
infrastructural installations and start of the restoration
work, Itar-Tass reported.
In a statement, operator of the Baksan HPP, RusHydro
Corporation, said the third generation unit and the dam were
intact and the population has not suffered due to attack as
the power supply has been restored through alternate sources.
The attack on the `soft` infrastructural target was
part of a major strike by the militants, who earlier had hit a
police station in Baksan town.
The police building was attacked with a grenade launcher
in Baksan city, but there were no casualties, RIA Novosti
reported, quoting an unnamed security source.
Meanwhile, the National Anti-terrorism Committee (NAC)
claimed that suspects have already been identified.
Kommersant FM radio, quoting unnamed sources, said the
militants belonged to the so-called radical Islamic `Baksan
Jamaat`, which was allegedly behind several attacks on the law