A bomb blast ripped through a car in Russia’s violence-plagued Dagestan region Wednesday, injuring a top railway official and his driver, law enforcement authorities said.
The explosion in the provincial capital Makhachkala hit a car in which Gazi Gaziyev, the top railway official in Dagestan and a member of the provincial legislature, was riding, city police deputy chief Shamil Guseinov said.
Gaziyev and his driver were hospitalized, Guseinov said. He did not know the nature or severity of their injuries.
Attacks on officials and law enforcement authorities are common in Dagestan. The province in Russia’s restive North Caucasus is troubled by violence linked to the separatist conflict in neighboring Chechnya, a police crackdown on Islamic militancy and internal criminal disputes and power struggles. (AP)
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