Moscow - Two people were killed on Friday when a bomb exploded outside a
village mosque in the Russian Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria, the
interior ministry said.
"A powerful explosion went off at 03:20 in the village of Dugulubgei
close to the village mosque... Fragments of the bodies of two unidentified
people were found at the scene," the regional interior ministry said in a
Russia's powerful Investigative Committee named the preliminary cause of the
explosion as the two dead "blowing themselves up."
It said the explosion took place at the gates of the village's graveyard
close to the mosque.
An earlier report by the Interfax news agency quoted a law enforcement
source as saying that the victims apparently blew themselves up accidentally
while planting the IED.
The Investigative Committee said operatives found "a large amount of
arms: shells, grenades, a Kalashnikov and two pistols" at the scene.
The blast occurred close to the town of Baksan, where militants set off
explosions at the hydroelectric power station in 2010, killing two guards.
Kabardino-Balkaria, which has ski resorts and is popular with climbers, is
considered one of the more peaceful areas of the Russian Caucasus, a
mountainous region that is plagued by an Islamist insurgency, with near daily
attacks on security officials.