Friday, September 2, 2005
An explosion today in Makhachkala, Russia in the Russian region of Dagestan killed one and wounded five others, police say. The bomb detonated in a pile of garbage, where servicemen and a truck had been sent to search for explosives on a street near a military base. When the engineers got out of the truck to search, the bomb went off.
The Dagestani Ministry, reported by the Russian news agency ITAR-Tass, originally stated that the blast killed two servicemen and wounded three others. They later revised this to six servicemen wounded (as well as one civilian), but no fatalities. A police officer told ITAR-Tass news that a brigade had been on patrol when the explosion occurred.
According to RIA-Novosti and Interfax news, medics reported one death and six injuries. RIA-Novosti also reports that the bomb exploded near a trolley bus.
Police and ambulances were immediately brought to the area of the explosion, which was quickly sealed off by police.
The alleged planters of the bomb were followed by police, but escaped after firing at the officers.
This explosion is not surprising, as racial tensions in the Muslim majority region of Dagestan often lead to attacks on officials and police.