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Two explosions hit capital of Russia's southern republic of Dagestan

Published time: January 17, 2014 16:42
Edited time: January 18, 2014 13:46
File Photo (RIA Novosti/Bashir Aliyev)

File Photo (RIA Novosti/Bashir Aliyev)

Twin blasts hit Makhachkala, the capital of the southern Russian republic of Dagestan, according to local police. Sixteen people were injured, among them four police officers.

Those injured have been taken to hospital, but none are thought to be in a life threatening condition.

The first explosion occurred when a grenade launcher was fired at the second floor of a restaurant, said a spokesman for the Dagestani police as cited by Itar-Tass.

The second blast came from a parked car near the restaurant. Police said that the explosive device that detonated near the restaurant was not packed with shrapnel.

The power of the car bomb was equal to 40 kg of TNT, a law enforcement source told Interfax.

An investigative team dispatched to the site of the blasts stated “criminal rivalry” among the possible causes of the incident, a security source told RIA Novosti.

Russia’s National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) reported that the owner of the restaurant previously refused to pay his “taxes” to a local armed gang.

On Saturday, a counter-terrorist operation was launched as seven militants suspected of carrying out the twin blasts were cornered in a house near Makhachkala.

According to the Committee, all the militants were killed after negotiations, a standoff and the storming of the house. A local “crime lord” was among the dead, as well as a 26-year-old “black widow” of another local crime boss, who had supposedly been preparing to carry out a suicide bombing.

The southern Russian republic, together with neighboring Chechnya and Ingushetia, has suffered from the continuous threat of terrorism against the civilian population.

Shootouts between Russian law enforcement officers and militant groups are common in the region. Among the latest incidents, three officers were killed in Dagestan on Wednesday. The special rapid response unit officers were ambushed as they were checking information about the location of a group of militants, a district police official told Itar-Tass.

Comments (25)


Marilyn Walton 22.01.2014 17:29

I was supposed to sing in Dagestan in May, but the concerts were cancelled because the Philharmonic could not guarantee my safety! The man who is my musical teacher lives there and has a school named for him. Please do not allow politics to dictate the arts or the people who perform them.


Matti Aladin 18.01.2014 09:50

My sympathy's to the victims and country. USA has a huge cache if Islamic militants paid to their world terror and to start conflicts to their purposes.


Hansel 17.01.2014 22:17

[quote name='Mark' time='17.01.2014 20:22']ironically, when the world was about the forget that majority of the terrorists in 9/11 came from Saudi Arabia, the Salafi oil sheikdom took of its mask and started openly recruiting wahhabism.

9/11 is considered an inside job, even by the majority of the Americans...this typical false flag operation needed "Saudi" participants to complete the entire operation so the "Empire" had a strong enough argument to carry out their operation legitimately...

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