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At Least 13 Killed in Suspected Suicide Bombings in Dagestan

A police officer guards the site of a powerful explosion on the outskirts of Makhachkala, Dagestan, May 4, 2012.
A police officer guards the site of a powerful explosion on the outskirts of Makhachkala, Dagestan, May 4, 2012.

Russian officials are blaming suicide bombers for twin attacks in the Republic of Dagestan, in the North Caucasus region, killing at least 13 people and wounded more than 100 others.

Authorities said the first blast involved a car, which exploded as police approached it at a check point in Makhachkala, Dagestan's capital.  The second explosion occurred as emergency responders arrived on the scene of the initial blast.  The explosions ignited fires, which damaged several other vehicles.

Police have been targets of similar attacks in Dagestan by Islamist insurgents.  

Last March,  a double suicide bombing killed at least 40 people in Moscow.  The two women responsible for the subway attacks were from Dagestan.

Russia has battled Islamist insurgency attacks on police and government officials in the North Caucasus region where there are nearly daily attacks on government officials.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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by: budd mann
May 05, 2012 10:57 AM
When are people going to realize that Muslims will always bite the hand that feeds them.....But remember they are a religion of PEACE !!

by: AB
May 05, 2012 10:10 AM
maybe that will make Putin change mind
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Putin, like any other commie at the core, just wants to get paid.

by: Godwin
May 04, 2012 11:37 AM
Congratulations Moscow, this is what seed you have been planting, nurturing and cultivating in Middle East, with the midwife Iran closely watching over. It is only right for Tehran to test every fresh production of terror weapons on Russian targets, maybe that will make Putin change mind how to relate with Iran and sponsor further terrorism against the West and Israel. China will receive its baptism of fire from Iran soon - a wonderful target with high population. Ahmadinejad's favorite menu!

by: DAN
May 04, 2012 9:56 AM
these people do not get along with infidels{unbelievers}. if we completely pulled out of both wars and promised to never return and Russia gave these states independence,they would continue to kill each other and both Russia and us would still be a target because we are not an Islamic nation.

by: MT
May 04, 2012 8:36 AM
...Corrected, but leaving the L in 'least' in caps!

by: C.A.H.
May 04, 2012 3:16 AM
Heads up, headline editor!
"Least 13 Killed...." ??
"Least" ?
Alone?
Without "at" preceding? It makes no sense, in English.
PLEASE REMEMBER: You are not only the Voice of America, you are also the face of Literacy in America. Don't embarrass us.

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