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The disputed Georgian region of South Ossetia joined North Ossetia
The disputed Georgian region of South Ossetia joined North Ossetia on Saturday in a day of mourning for the victims of Thursday's terrorist attack in the capital of the Russian North Caucasus republic.

Twelve people, including a female suicide bomber, were killed and around 40 wounded in Thursday's blast at a bus stop in Vladikavkaz. The bomb was set off as passengers got out of a public minibus.

"On the day of mourning in North Ossetia, the funerals of 10 victims of the explosion will be held," a government official said.

Ossetian traditions dictate that a corpse should be buried on the third day after death.

The funeral of the 11th victim, who died on Friday of wounds sustained in the blast, will take place on Sunday.

For the day of mourning, North Ossetian flags will fly at half-staff, public celebrations have been canceled and local TV will not show any entertainment programs or advertisements.

North Ossetia borders the breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia, which Russia recognized as independent in August after a brief conflict with Georgia, as well as the restive Russian regions of Ingushetia and Chechnya.


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