Tuesday, 25th January 2011
MOSCOW- Recently at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, there was a bomb explosion which leads to 35 civilians dead and injuring 150 civilians. They suspect it might be the work of a suicide bomber.
Ominously, this attack was the first aimed at a location where foreigners as well as Russians were present in large numbers.
Previous civilian targets include planes blown up mid-air, trains, apartment buildings in Moscow and other cities, a hospital, several Metro stations, a theatre, and - in the most notorious and certainly the bloodiest case of all - a primary school in the southern Russian town of Beslan.
Boris Nemtsov of the opposition leader have attacked Russian authorities for their apparent inability to curtail the risk of terrorism.
The opposition leader wrote in his blog that "the battle against terrorism is clearly not among (Prime Minister Vladimir) Putin's priorities, unless, of course, we discount his daily demagoguery on the subject".
That accusation is likely to sting Mr Putin, should he read it.
Although no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, the greatest challenge to Russia's national security and the severest threats from radical groups and Islamist organisations come from the North Caucasus.
Islamist groups became active between the first and second Chechen wars, from 1994 to 1999, when the Russian presence in Chechnya was virtually ended and the republic descended into lawlessness.