Police officer dies in Dagestan suicide attack: report

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A car bomb triggered by a suicide bomber killed a police officer and wounded several others in Russia's restive Dagestan region in the North Caucasus, Interfax news agency reported Saturday.

"The suicide terrorist tried to drive onto the premises of a police station whose entrance was blocked by an armoured vehicle," the agency quoted police as saying.

The bomber's car blew up at the entrance leaving the police officer and the bomber dead and six or seven other officers wounded, police added.

The town of Khasavyurt where the bomber struck is close to the border with Chechnya.

The Kremlin has been fighting insurgents in the North Caucasus since the collapse of the Soviet Union, waging a war in 1994-1996 against separatist rebels in Chechnya.

After a second war broke out in Chechnya in 1999, the rebellion's inspiration moved towards Islam with the aim of imposing an Islamic state in the region.

Although the war ended in 2000, rebels have waged an increasingly deadly insurgency with unrest spreading into other areas of the North Caucasus such as Dagestan and Ingushetia.

© 2010 AFP

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