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Second Wave of Terror Strikes Russia

At least 12 people were killed, and 23 injured, by a string of suicide bombers in Russia’s North Caucasus region on Wednesday. The attacks, which appear to be coordinated, also might have been linked to Monday’s bombing. While relations in Dagestan had been improving under the leadership of Russian president Dimitry Medvedev, these attacks signal a key stap backward in that progress. Dagestan borders the volatile Chechnya region, which is seeking to establish an Islamic Emirate. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took to the airwaves to vow retaliation for the recent string of attacks. He also made clear that he was unconcerned with where in Russia the attacks occurred, a sign which experts speculate may lead into a new round of conflict in the war-torn region.

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