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Medvedev Seeks ‘Thorough Investigation’ of Tskhinvali Blast

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev instructed the Russian Defense and Interior ministries to “thoroughly investigate the circumstances of the deaths of Russian peacekeepers killed in a terrorist act in the Republic of South Ossetia,” the Kremlin said in a press release on October 4.

Seven Russian soldiers and at least four other people were killed when a car bomb exploded outside the Russian military headquarters in the breakaway region’s capital, Tskhinvali, on October 3.

The Russian president also instructed the Defense Ministry to cooperate with local law enforcement agencies in Abkhazia and South Ossetia “to prevent criminal actions against Russian peacekeepers and the civilians of the republics.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of State said in a statement on October 4, that it “deplores the October 3 bombing in Tskhinvali in the Georgian region of South Ossetia.”

“We extend our deep condolences to the families of all the victims. We condemn whoever was responsible for this crime, and call on all parties to implement and adhere to all aspects of the cease fire,” the statement said.

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