Striking at the enforcement of non-Sharia law, on the heels of yesterday’s large-scale attack targeting civilians in a market.
One commenter asked yesterday: “if the bombers are targeting Muslims [sic] populations how can we call it part of the global Islamic effort?”
Muslim-on-Muslim jihad is nothing new; in fact, it is one of the most common forms, from Somalia to Iraq to Pakistan. First, Muslims marked as apostates are, per Sharia, lawful for slaughter. It makes for a very easy excuse to kill in jihad. For that matter, jihadists looking to impose Sharia law — or more of it — will attempt to terrorize and demoralize any population not sufficiently on board with the plan in an effort to make them submit. And that is all the more true for those who have anything to do with the not-Islamic-enough local government.
“Attacks in southern Russia kill 2 police, wound 5,” from the Associated Press, September 11:
MAKHACHKALA, Russia – Several attacks in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region have left two police officers dead and another five wounded, officials said Saturday.
The ministry’s branch in the Caspian Sea province of Dagestan says one officer was gunned down late Friday on the outskirts of the regional capital, Makhachkala.
Another policeman was killed Friday in the province of Ingushetia west of Chechnya. The gunmen shot and killed him outside an auto repair shop in the region’s main city of Nazran.
In another attack Saturday in the province of Kabardino-Balkariya, a truck carrying police hit a radio-controlled land mine, leaving five policemen wounded.
The attacks follow Thursday’s suicide bombing near the central market of Vladikavkaz, the regional capital of the republic of North Ossetia, that killed 17 people and wounded more than 140. It was the most serious attack in Russia since the March subway bombings in Moscow that killed 40 people.
Funerals were held in Vladikavkaz Saturday for some of the victims. About 200 people also rallied in front of the regional government’s headquarters, demanding that authorities offer a better protection for the population.
A car exploded in a courtyard of an apartment building in Vladikavkaz on Saturday, hurting no one but raising fears of a new terror attack. Authorities said the blast wasn’t a terror attack, and apparently was linked to criminal disputes.
Russia’s ethnically diverse North Caucasus region has been plagued by violence stemming from two separatist wars in Chechnya and fueled by poverty, official corruption and police abuses.
And jihad. You forgot jihad again.