Toll up in Russian Caucasus' double blast: report

15th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Two policemen died and dozens were wounded in two attacks by suicide bombers in Russia's Dagestan region, police said Tuesday.

A woman blew herself up in Gubden, a mountain village in Dagestan, a region in the Russian Caucasus, when she was stopped from entering a police station.

Two hours later a car exploded after driving up to a police checkpoint on the outskirts of Gubden. Shots were then fired from the nearby forest, RIA Novosti reported citing local police.

Two policemen were killed, and 27 have been hospitalized after the two incidents, the report said. The victims are primarily soldiers serving in the interior ministry.

Dagestan, which neighbours Chechnya, is one of the regions most ravaged by repeated blasts, and Gubden is often the site of militant attacks directed against government authorities. A local imam was shot dead there in December.

The Kremlin fought two wars against separatist rebels in Chechnya in the 1990s but the insurgency has now become more Islamist in tone and has spread to neighbouring regions.

Insurgents from the Caucasus claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on Moscow's Domodedovo Airport last month that killed 36 people, as well as another attack in a Moscow subway in March 2010 that killed 40.

© 2011 AFP

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