India Blooms News Service
March 31, 2010

At least 12 people, including several policemen, were killed and over 28 others injured when two blasts went off in 300 metres radius within half-an-hour in the volatile North Caucasus republic of Dagestan in Russia on Wednesday.

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The first explosion went off at about 0430 GMT when an explosives-laden car was blown off by the driver as he was stopped from entering the headquarters of the local interior ministry in the town of Kizlyar, said media reports from Russia.

Two officers and a woman were killed, while another officer was injured, Russia’s interior minister Rashid Nurgaliyev was quoted in reports.

The second blast went off about 20 minutes later, just 300 metres from the first spot when a suicide bomber, dressed as a police officer, blew himself up.

At least five police officers, including the district police chief Vitaly Vedernikov and a senior investigator from the prosecutor’s office, were killed in the second blast.

Just two days ago, suicide bombers had killed 39 people in two blasts near two busy stations in Moscow Metro.

Preliminary investigations had revealed that the Moscow blasts were carried out by militants operating in the North Caucasus, where the pro-Kremlin local authorities have for years been fighting an Islamist insurgency.

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