Fumbling In Chechnya

Bombings and gunfire are daily features of life in Chechnya. But even by those sorry standards, last week marked a low in its recent history. On Monday, a truck bearing explosives equivalent to two tons of TNT rumbled into a residential and office compound in Znamenskoye, a township in the Nadterechny district, and exploded, killing 59 people and injuring 200. Two days later, a bomb at a festival near the capital, Grozny, killed at least 18 and injured more than five times as many. Secretary of State Colin Powell, who had just landed in Moscow, called the bombings barbarous. Standing by...

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