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Blast on motorway in Dagestan presumably targeted at local official

September 29, 2011, 11:28 UTC+3
The explosion killed eight, including an eleven- year-old girl. Six other policemen who received wounds of a different degree of seriousness were hospitalized
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MAKHACHKALA, September 29 (Itar-Tass) — An explosion of a jeep loaded with explosives in the Levashinsky district of Dagestan on Wednesday was presumably an attempt on the life of the head of the Gergebilski district municipality, Magomed Magomedov, a representative of the Russian Investigative department for Dagestan told Itar-Tass on Thursday. Magomedov's motorcade numbering two armored cross country jeeps was passing by exactly when the blast went off. Neither Magomedov nor his guards were hurt in the incident. The two jeeps from Magomedov’s motorcade were slightly damaged.

The explosion in the abandoned jeep left on a motorway near the settlement of Khadzhalmakhi killed a policeman and a family of seven who were in another jeep which passed the detonating car. Several more policemen were wounded in the incident.

The suspicious jeep with no one inside was spotted on the crossroads on a motorway in the Levashinsky district on Wednesday afternoon. When the jeep was examined by policemen an unknown terrorist activated a powerful explosive device inside the jeep.

The explosion killed eight, including an eleven- year-old girl. Six other policemen who received wounds of a different degree of seriousness were hospitalized.

Criminal proceedings have been instituted on charges of murder conspiracy and illegal weapons trafficking.

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