A female suicide bomber killed four police officers on Tuesday when she attacked a checkpoint in the Russian Caucasus region of Dagestan, the regional interior ministry told news agencies.
“A woman tried to enter the police checkpoint but was halted at the perimeter where she triggered a bomb. According to confirmed reports, four policemen died and two were wounded,” a spokesman told the Interfax news agency.
The two wounded are hospitalised and one is in a serious condition, a spokesman for the local hospital told Interfax.
The suicide bomber’s severed head was found tens of metres from the blast after the attack in the village of Karabudakhkent and investigators are working at the scene, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported.
Dagestan, a Muslim Caspian Sea region known for its ancient culture and tapestry of ethnic groups, is fighting an insurgency by militants seeking to establish an Islamic state across the Russian Caucasus.