Russian soldier killed in Caucasus suicide attack

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A Russian soldier was killed and several others were injured Monday after a woman blew herself up at a military outpost in the volatile Caucasus region of Dagestan, Interfax news agency reported.

The woman blew herself up when soldiers stopped her from entering a police station in Gubden village, Interfax quoted an official as saying.

Four soldiers were wounded, the official added.

Since Russia waged two devastating wars against separatists in Chechnya in the 1990s, the insurgency has now become more Islamist in tone and has spilled into neighboring Dagestan and Ingushetia.

Attacks against government authorities occur frequently in the impoverished region.

The Kremlin said in a report Monday that the Caucasus region has the highest jobless rate in the country with Ingushetia and Chechnya topping the list at nearly 50 percent.

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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