Russian Caucasus blast wounds seven police: report

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Seven policemen were wounded by a blast near a police station in Russia's turbulent North Caucasus region of Dagestan, police said Tuesday.

Unknown men approached the station in the village of Kizilyurt on two cars, opened fire, and left the scene in one of the cars, while the second car exploded with a 20 kilograms TNT-equivalent blast, a source in Dagestan police told RIA-Novosti.

The blast occured late night on Monday. After attacking the station, the criminals also fired at a local security official's house and planted a bomb nearby, the source said.

"Seven policemen were hurt by the shooting and the blast," he said.

Police also said they killed three suspected militants near Makhachkala early Tuesday after their car refused to stop upon request and opened fire on the policemen, the Dagestan region police spokesman told Russian agencies.

Russia is fighting an Islamist insurgency in the Caucasus and deadly attacks on government officials in Dagestan as well as neighbouring Chechnya and Ingushetia are frequent.

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