Gunmen kill one, injure two in Russian Caucasus: police

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Gunmen killed one person and wounded two others when they burst into a restaurant in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan, police said on Friday.

Two masked assailants attacked the restaurant early Thursday, spokeswoman for regional interior ministry Fatina Ubaidatova told AFP, saying police were unaware of the motive for the killing.

In a separate incident in the village of Malaya Areshevka in the same region, four masked men broke into a grocery store early Thursday and used explosives to blow it up.

Two makeshift bombs, which had a force equivalent to 10 kilogrammes (22 pounds) of TNT, destroyed the building, said Ubaidotova, adding that no-one was hurt during the blast. Authorities were looking into the incident, she said, declining further details.

Firearms and explosives are widely accessible in Dagestan where Russian authorities are fighting an Islamist insurgency and where deadly attacks on government officials are frequent.

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