MOSCOW : An explosion at military training site in western Russia killed six airborne troops and left two more injured on Tuesday, state-run RIA news agency said, quoting the country’s Defence Ministry.
“Six airborne forces troops were killed as a result of the explosion. Two more military personnel suffered injuries and were moved to the nearest medical institution,” RIA quoted the ministry as saying. Meanwhile, President Vladimir Putin accused foreign rivals on Tuesday of using ‘radical Islam’ to weaken Russia and appealed to Muslim clerics to help reduce tensions after a deadly suicide bombing and nationalist riots.
The comments were delivered in the mainly Muslim region of Bashkortostan and underlined Kremlin concerns that ethnic or religious tensions could threaten the unity of the Russian state.
Monday’s suicide bombing, blamed on a Muslim woman from the North Caucasus, killed six people on a bus in Volgograd and raised fears about attacks as Russia prepares for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Putin did not say which foreign rivals could be fostering Islamist separatism. But he has often accused other countries, including the United States, of interfering in Russia’s affairs and sought to deflect blame for problems onto other nations since securing a six-year third term as president last year.