Car bomb kills six in Russia's Muslim Dagestan

September 28, 2011 21:34


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MAKHACHKALA, Russia - One policeman and five civilians were killed when a car bomb exploded in Russia's violence-plagued Muslim North Caucasus province of Dagestan on Wednesday, authorities said.

The attack comes after three car bombs killed six people and gunmen killed four more, including a high-level law enforcement official, last week in the region wedged between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea.

Dagestan is beset by near-daily shootings and bomb attacks, blamed on an Islamist insurgency across the North Caucasus stemming from two separatist wars in Chechnya, poverty and an increase in radical Islam.

"As a result of the car bomb one policeman was killed, along with five civilians who were travelling past in another vehicle," a source in the regional Investigative Committee told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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