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Car bomb detonated at police post in Makhachkala: committee

May 04, 2012, 2:21 UTC+3
At the present moment, injured people and relatives of the dead receive necessary aid, and all quick reaction services work at the site
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MOSCOW, May 4 (Itar-Tass) — A car bomb planted in a Lada Priora car went off near a road police post in Makhachkala (Dagestan) at 22:26 Moscow time on Thursday, when it was stopped for checks, an officer from the information centre of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee told Tass.

A fire broke out at the police post and outside it as a result of the explosion. Quick response groups arrived to the site several minutes after the blast. A second bomb went off when medical aid was administered to the injured and the fire was being localized. It is believed that a car bomb was planted in a Gazelle van parked near the police post, the source said.

Some ten people were killed and more than 30 were injured in two blasts, the source from the information centre of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee told Tass. Over 30 people were rushed to local hospitals, he said. There are policemen, emergencies ministry officers and civilians among the victims, he added.

At the present moment, injured people and relatives of the dead receive necessary aid, and all quick reaction services work at the site. Units of the Federal Security Service and the Interior Ministry carry out a search operation.

Sources from the investigation department of the Investigative Committee (SK) for Dagestan told Tass that a criminal case may be opened on terrorism charges.

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