Bombs hidden in two vehicles exploded outside a police station in the Russian republic of Dagestan, killing at least 13 people and wounding 130. Islamic insurgents were suspected. A Russian, Makhmud Mansur Nidal, was linked to the bombing; he had been under surveillance for six months as a suspected recruiter for Islamist insurgents, and was killed after he blockaded himself in a house with weapons. Nidal seemed to know William Plotnikov, a Canadian boxer who had (unspecified) ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the perpetrator of the Boston Marathon bombing that killed 3 and wounded 260. Plotnikov was also killed while fighting with jihadists in Russia. Plotnikov provided authorities with a list of people in Europe and the U.S. with roots in Russia’s North Caucasus, with whom he had communicated via online social networking sites. Among those whose names Plotnikov volunteered was Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev may also have met Nidal during his visit to…
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