17 Aug 2009

Russian police station target of fatal attack

10:00 pm on 17 August 2009

At least 11 people have been killed in a powerful bomb attack at a police station in southern Russia, officials and hospital sources say.

The suspected suicide bombing in Nazran, main city in the republic of Ingushetia, injured at least 50 others, the BBC reports.

The attack is reported to have occurred as staff gathered in a courtyard.

Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya, has recently been rocked by shootings, bombings and other attacks on police and government officials.

The attacker was reported to have rammed his vehicle into the gates of the police compound as officers were reporting for inspection, government spokesman Kaloi Akhilgov said.