Deadly Blasts in Russia Kills 13 People

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At least 13 people were killed and more than 100 injured in twin terrorist attacks in Dagestan, Russia.

Reports say first blast went off as the suicide bomber set off at least one of the explosive devices at the police station in Dagestan.

A second car bomb reportedly went off 15 minutes later, hitting policemen, rescue workers and passersby who had gathered to aid the victims.

The attack occurred just four days before Vladimir V. Putin inauguration.

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Vladimir Putin with Dmitry Medvedev.

Television reports from the scene showed the wreckage of cars and dead bodies covered with sheets.

Russian news reported that shrapnel ripped through a natural gas pipeline which ignited a fire.

Meanwhile, the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed strong condemnation on terrorist attacks that occurred in Dagestan.

Mr. Ban has expressed his deep sympathy and condolences to the victims of these “heinous acts” and their families, and to the people and Government of Russia.

Vladimir Putin claimed victory in Russia’s presidential election on March this year.

Media reports say Mr Putin, the current country’s minister won nearly 64% of the vote.

The 2012 Russian presidential election was held on 4th of March 2012.

Polls reveal that the 59-year-old former KGB spy garnered around 60% of the vote which is enough to avoid a run-off against the second-placed candidate.

Mr. Putin was president between 2000 and 2008. He is now set to secure a new six-year term in the Kremlin.

Earlier this year, a panel of senior European and Russian politicians has said that the likely return of Vladimir Putin as President of the Russian Federation will ensure “positive stability” at an international conference in Venice today.

Despite recent protests in Moscow, and protests across the major cities of Russia expected in the lead up to the election, the panel said that Mr Putin is still the most popular politician in Russia.

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