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Eight killed, about 30 injured in blasts in Makhachkala

May 04, 2012, 0:46 UTC+3
A child was wounded in the blasts
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MOSCOW, May 4 (Itar-Tass) — Eight people were killed and about 30 were injured in two blasts that went off near a road police post in the North Caucasian city of Makhachkala late on Thursday, a source from a Dagestan’s law enforcement agency told Tass. The fate of several people is still unclear, he said.

“Five people, including two staffers of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations, died instantly, and three more died in hospital,” the source said. “Several people, including an emergencies ministry’s staffer are unaccounted for,” he added.

About 30 people were rushed to city hospitals, many of them are in a grave condition. A child was wounded in the blasts. The injured people have fragmentation wounds and mine-blast traumas.

Earlier, the Ministry for Emergency Situations confirmed the death of two its staffers during the blast at the road police post at the entrance to Makhachkala.

A unit of the Federal Firefighting Service at the emergencies ministry’s chief department for Dagestan was putting out the fire that broke out after the first explosion. “As a result two ministry officers were killed and two more were hospitalized. One of them is in a critical condition,” spokesman for the North Caucasian regional centre of the Ministry for Emergency Situations Kantemir Davydov said. He said the fire had been put out.

Earlier, sources reported that the first blast detonated at 22:25 Moscow time, while the second explosion went off at 22:45. According to preliminary reports, a parked car was blasted during the first explosion. These reports are being specified at the moment.

Investigators have arrived to the site. The area is cordoned off.

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