Blast kills 1, wounds 5 in Russia's Caucasus

May 7, 2010 22:35


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MAKHACHKALA, Russia — A powerful bomb tore through a crowd of commuters in Russia's troubled Northern Caucasus on Friday, killing a woman and wounding five other people, officials said.

The woman died in a hospital shortly after a bomb planted in a garbage bin exploded at a railway station in the town of Derbent in the violence-ridden province of Dagestan, regional transport police spokesman Akhmed Magomayev said. He said a police officer was among the wounded.Dagestan, along with other provinces of Russia's Northern Caucasus region, is home to an active Islamist insurgency.

Regarded as Russia's most ethnically diverse republic, Dagestan lies between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea. In recent years, it has been roiled by almost daily violence sometimes blamed on interethnic struggle.

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