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Two dead in attack on Russian electricity dam

Two carloads of assailants attacked a hydroelectric station in southern Russia early yesterday, killing two workers and setting off bombs.

The attack took place in Kabardino-Balkariya, one of the republics in Russia's restive Caucasus region where clashes with insurgents are frequent.

A spokesman for the republic's police, Adlan Kakakuyev, said two cars carrying a half-dozen assailants attacked the Baksan plant at about 4.30am, killing two guards and wounding three others. The attackers then set off explosives in several parts of the plant and detonated them before fleeing.

There were no immediate claims of responsibility. The explosions and subsequent fire destroyed two of the plant's three power units, but there was no danger of flooding down river, the state news agency ITAR-Tass reported.

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