Jihad heating up in Russia. It is no coincidence that these attacks always coincide with Islamic demands, for instance, for more mosques (the Grand Mufti of Russia Rawil Gaynetdin has demanded that the number of mosques in Moscow should at least double), and things like TV and radio programs (for dawah) to appease it. That and the Ramadan bombathon, of course.
"Suicide bomber kills 7 Russian policemen" Associated Press Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012 (thanks to David)
Investigators say a suicide bomber blew himself up at the funeral for a policeman in southern Russia, killing at least seven other policemen and badly wounding 12 others.
The funeral was being held at the home of an officer who had been shot dead the night before by militants in Ingushetia, one of the predominantly Muslim republics in Russia's restive North Caucasus region.
The attack took place Sunday morning as Muslims in Russia and around the world prepared for the feast that celebrates the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
An Islamic insurgency has spread throughout the North Caucasus, with militants staging near daily attacks on police and other authorities.
Even The NY Times noticed - and this was before the above attack: "Radical Islamic Attacks in a Moderate Region Unnerve the Kremlin" Aug, 25, 2012
A string of violent attacks by Islamic militants has shattered this city’s reputation as a citadel of religious tolerance and unnerved federal officials in Moscow, who have worked for decades to prevent the spread of radical Islam out of the southern borderlands and into places like this city 500 miles east of Moscow.
Officials have long sought to contain Islamic fervor in the Caucasus to the south while insisting that places like the republic of Tatarstan, where Kazan is the capital, were different, representing a moderate “Russian Islam,” said Aleksei Malashenko, the co-chairman of the Carnegie Moscow Center’s religion, society and security program.
But that comfortable assumption began to crumble just before the start of Ramadan in late July, when a senior cleric in charge of education was shot outside his apartment building on Zarya Street. Roughly an hour later, the city’s chief mufti survived a bomb attack that demolished his Toyota Land Cruiser. A previously unheard-of group, the mujahedeen of Tatarstan, claimed responsibility.
On Sunday, a car carrying three men, an automatic rifle and Islamic pamphlets blew up in Zelenodolsk, about a half-hour west of Kazan, in what the authorities described as the inadvertent detonation of a homemade explosive. “That radical direction exists in Tatarstan,” Mr. Malashenko said. “And it’s dangerous.”