Skip to comments.Explosion in Russia's Dagestan region kills 4
Posted on 07/17/2003 4:24:30 AM PDT by yonif
A shrapnel-filled bomb exploded near a police station in Russia's troubled Dagestan region on Thursday, killing at least four people and injuring 18 others, officials said.
The bomb, attached to a motorcycle or scooter parked near the police station in the city of Khasavyurt exploded at about 10:00am, the press service of the regional Interior Ministry said. The blast killed two police officers and two passersbya woman and a 5-year-girl, the ministry said.
One of the officers, the head of a branch of the city police that provides security to private companies and state-run enterprises, was killed in his office, about 15 meters (50 feet) from the site of the blast, it said. The other was a member of a squad that fights organized crime.
The ministry said 18 people were hospitalized, three of them in critical condition.
The explosive device was filled with nuts, bolts and ball bearings, the ministry said. The blast damaged 11 cars, including one that authorities initially believed contained the bomb.
Dagestan, a mostly Muslim region in southern Russia, is plagued by violence both related and unrelated to the fighting in neighboring Chechnya, and Khasavyurt is in the western part of Dagestan near the Chechen border.
Dagestan's Interior Minister Adilgirei Magomed-Tagirov said he believed the attack was carried out by members of the Wahhabi sect, referring to militant Muslims in Chechnya and Dagestan, and was aimed at hampering the work of police in the region.
Magomed-Tagirov also said the explosion could be linked to deadly blasts in Moscow this month that Russian officials blamed on female suicide bombers from Chechnya.