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Criminal case opened in Ingushetia over explosion near mosque in Nazran

March 11, 20:18 UTC+3 NAZRAN
A powerful explosive device of a yield of at least five kilograms of TNT went off in a car parked near the Nasyr-Kortovskaya mosque in Nazran during a Friday prayer
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NAZRAN, March 11. /TASS/. Ingushetia’s department of the Russian Investigations Committee has initiated a criminal case over Friday’s explosion near a mosque in Nazran, a spokesman for the department told TASS.

According to the spokesman, the case was opened on charges of an attempted murder of two or more people.

A powerful explosive device of a yield of at least five kilograms of TNT went off in a car parked near the Nasyr-Kortovskaya mosque in Nazran during a Friday prayer. The blast hurt a 56-year-old local resident who was driving by the site in his car. The man was taken to hospital. The car was completely destroyed by the blast. The explosion damaged nearby households and about five cars.

Ingushetia’s head, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, said the explosion near the mosque was a provocation. "It was apure provocation and those who committed it were seeking to take advantage of the continuing problems in the religious sphere," Yevkurov’s press service quoted him as saying.

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