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21 April 2024

Bombings hit police convoy in southern Russian town, leaving wounded

By Agencies



Two bombings hit a police convoy Sunday in a town near Chechnya, injuring two people on the same day as Russia’s presidential elections, officials said.

The remote-controlled blasts came in quick succession in Khasavyurt, in the Dagestan region near the Chechen border, according to spokesman Mark Tolchinsky of the Dagestan police headquarters in Makhachkala.

He said the first bomb exploded as a police patrol truck passed by. No one was injured in that blast, but when police reinforcements came to investigate, another bomb exploded, injuring one officer and one passerby, he said.

Initially, police said people had been killed in the blast, but Tolchinsky said there were only two injured.

The motivation for the blast was unclear. Dagestan is plagued by violence linked to criminal activities and insurgent activity that has spread from Chechnya. Bombings against police convoys and other representatives of federal authority, once common, have diminished in recent years. (AP)