MAKHACHKALA, October 30 (Itar-Tass) - A criminal case was opened under seven articles of the Russian Criminal Code over two bomb blasts, which went off in the city of Makhachkala, the capital of the Russian North Caucasian Republic of Dagestan on Wednesday, the Russian Investigative Committee reported.
Two explosions of unidentified explosive devices went off in the Sovetsky district of the city on the crossroads of the streets Sovetskaya and Dakhadayev at about 16:30 Moscow time (12:30 GMT) with an interval of several minutes.
“According to preliminary reports, 18 people were injured, one of them died. Several law enforcers were injured,” the Russian Investigative Committee noted.
“A criminal case was opened under Article 317 of the Russian Criminal Code for the attempt on the life of law enforcers, Article 105 Part 2 for murder, Article 30 Part 3, Article 105 Part 2 for attempted murder of two and more people, Article 222 Part 1 for illegal circulation of weapons, Article 223 Part 1 for illegal making of an explosive device, Article 167 Part 2 for deliberate damage of property in the dangerous way and Article 166 for illegal acquisition of a vehicle without the aim of stealing,” the Investigative Committee reported.
“To commit the crime the criminals have seized a car VAZ-2114 shortly before the crime, the car belonged to a local resident, the bandits drove up to the crime scene and escaped from the scene by the car. Later the car was found in a street of Makhachkala,” the Russian Investigative Committee said.
The fire broke out in the area, where the explosion was detonated. The fire has spread on neighbouring shops and cafes. The gas supply was disconnected, the firemen are working at the fire site. On the orders from the head of the operations headquarters of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee the forces of the Federal Security Service, the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Emergency Situations were dispatched to the blast site.