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Bomb kills 2, wounds 29 in Russia

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MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) -- A suicide bomber detonated a truck loaded with nearly a ton of explosives at a key Russian government building in the southern Russian region of Ingushetia, killing at least two people in addition to himself and wounding 29, a Russian prosecutor on the scene said.

Russian authorities blamed Chechen terrorists for Monday's suicide operation at the building housing the Russian Federal Security Service, known by its Russian initials FSB, in the Ingush capital of Magas.

No one has claimed responsibility the bombing, which occurred west of Chechnya.

Chechens wanting an independent Islamic republic have carried out numerous attacks against the Russian government and civilians. Authorities say the Chechen terrorist groups are linked to al Qaeda.

Authorities said the driver of the truck crashed through a series of barricades outside the building just before noon (5 a.m. ET), arriving within about 15 meters (yards) of the building before setting off the blast.

The country has been on high alert amid fears rebels would try to disrupt elections for a Chechen president scheduled for October 5.

Russian officials have called their efforts to stop the terrorist activities part of the international war on terrorism, and have ruled out talks with Chechen separatists.

Less than two weeks ago, an attack on a commuter train in the region killed six people.

Last month, a similar truck bombing at a Russian military hospital killed at least 40 Russian soldiers who were being treated for wounds they had suffered in fighting Chechen separatists inside Chechnya.

CNN Correspondent Ryan Chilcote contributed to this report


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