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Russia: Suicide car bombing kills 3 policemen in Russia's Dagestan


MOSCOW, (Xinhua): Three policemen were killed and six others were wounded in a suicide car bombing on Thursday in the volatile Russian Caucasus region of Dagestan, the Interior Ministry said.

A passenger vehicle exploded at a traffic police post in the town of Khasavyurt in the Dagestan Republic early Thursday when police officers were checking the cars, the Interior Ministry said.

The powerful blast, which happened at around 5 a.m. Moscow time (0100 GMT), left a crater four meters wide and 1.5 meters deep.

Three policemen were killed, six others got injured and were hospitalized with different wounds, while one was missing, according to the ministry.

"The suicide bomber was also killed by the explosion," the Russian Investigative Committee's representative told reporters, adding those killed and injured police officers were on military service mission from the Volgograd Region.

According to Dagestanian police, the attacker had attempted to sneak into the town to detonate the bomb there.

A criminal case was opened under the article "Terrorism" of the Russian Criminal Code.

Violence is common in the Russian North Caucasus where the terror attacks against police and government targets happen frequently.

Editor: Yang Lina

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