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MOSCOW, September 22 (Itar-Tass) —— A criminal case was opened for terrorism over the bomb blasts in Dagestan, where a police officer was killed and more than 50 people were injured, spokesman of the Investigation Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“The Dagestani investigation department opened a criminal case under Article 205 of the Criminal Code for a terrorist act. The investigation and search measures are being taken to find all the details of the terrorist act and the terrorists,” he said.
An unidentified gunman detonated a homemade explosive device, which was planted on the roadside, in front of a house in Yermoshkin Street in Makhachkala. “After that the police rushed to the terror scene on the crossroads of Yermoshkin and Dakhadayev Streets, the second bomb was detonated in a Zhiguli car parked nearby. According to the preliminary reports, the terrorist act killed a police officer and 24 policemen received various injuries. More than 30 civilians were hospitalized. The shops and residential buildings, which are located in the blast epicenter, were destroyed fully or partially,” Markin said.
The Ministry of Health and Social Development reported that the bomb explosions killed a police officer and injured 61 people, three of which are in grave condition.
The law enforcement agencies reported that the blast yield of the first explosive device has made three kilograms of TNT and the second one was staffed with striking pieces and had the power of 35-40 kilograms of TNT.