Russia Bomb Tensions

By Jasper Fakkert
Jasper Fakkert
Jasper Fakkert
Editor-in-Chief, U.S. Editions
Jasper Fakkert is the Editor-in-chief of the U.S. editions of The Epoch Times. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Science and a Master's degree in Journalism.
December 9, 2009 Updated: December 9, 2009

With memories of the devastating bomb attack on a Russian train on Nov. 27, which killed 26 still fresh, authorities reacted aggressively on Wednesday to another suspected bomb.

When a stray package was found in a Russian train traveling trough Eastern Ukraine, hundreds of passengers were evacuated, and a special police bomb squad unit was brought to the scene to examine the package.

Russian media first reported that the package was detonated. Then later reports said that the bomb squad sprayed the package with a water cannon and then declared that the package didn’t contain a bomb.

In an unrelated incident earlier the same day, near the city of Nazran in Southern Russia, a barrel was found next to the highway containing ammonium nitrate and three anti-tank grenades, according to Russia media.

Russian security officials said the power of the explosive was equivalent to 15 kg(33 pounds) of TNT, about twice the strength of the bomb used in the deadly train bombing, reported Russian media.

A Chechen Islamist group claimed responsibility for bombing the Russia train. The terrorist group made a public statement saying that a “special operations group” under the command of the “Emir of Caucasus Emirate” Dokka Umarov had carried out the operation.

Jasper Fakkert
Editor-in-Chief, U.S. Editions
Jasper Fakkert is the Editor-in-chief of the U.S. editions of The Epoch Times. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Science and a Master's degree in Journalism.