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Powerful explosive device defused in Dagestan, North Caucasus

December 03, 2013, 17:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 03. /ITAR-TASS/. An explosive device with an explosive equivalent of about 10 kilograms of TNT has been defused in the city of Khasavyurt in the republic of Dagestan, North Caucasus, the information centre of the National Anti-Terrorism Committee told Tass.

Local residents reported called police early on Tuesday to report on a suspicions object on the roadside of a crossroad in Khasavyurt.

“Specialists with sniffer dogs examined a bucket with wires covered with soil, and identified it as a possible self-made explosive device,” its source said. “The area was cordoned off by police and people were evacuated,” he added.

The explosive device was blasted at the site by bomb experts from the republican department of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB). “They estimate the power of the explosive device at about 10 kilograms of TNT,” the source said.

Specialists examine the neighborhood for other possible devices to prevent other explosions. Owing to vigilance of citizens and prompt actions by security services a crime was averted that could have inflicted the loss of many lives, the source said.

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