An eternal flame memorial in Kabardino-Balkaria’s capital, Nalchik, was blown up by a bomb containing the equivalent to 1.5 kilograms of TNT early Friday, Interfax reported.
No one was injured in the blast, but the monument was severely damaged and the fire died out, the report said. The memorial, dedicated to 138 natives who died in World War II, will be restored in a week, local authorities said.
About 1,000 local residents, mostly students, staged a rally against the bombing in Nalchik on Sunday.
A similar monument was blown up in the local town of Tyrnyauz on Sept. 11.