Deadly blasts hit Dagestan after Moscow attack - UPDATE 1

Two blasts rocked Kizlyar in Dagestan region on Wednesday.

Deadly blasts hit Dagestan after Moscow attack - UPDATE 1

Two blasts rocked Kizlyar in Dagestan region on Wednesday, killing at least 12 people just two days after twin bombs hit Moscow, officials told Reuters.

The bombings in Dagestan came 48 hours after in Moscow, twin morning rush-hour blasts that killed 39. Authorities blamed female suicide bombers with connections to the North Caucasus.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said a single group could have been behind the bombings in Moscow and Dagestan.

He ordered Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev to bolster the police presence in the North Caucasus.

A "suicide bomber" dressed in a police uniform set off the second of two blasts in Kizlyar, which killed the town's police chief and several other officers, regional police and prosecutorial officials told Reuters.

The bomber pushed his way into a crowd of police and onlookers drawn by a massive car-bomb blast, officials said.

Televised footage showed two gutted cars and a deep crater on a debris-strewn street lined by bare trees.

The car bomb exploded with the force of as much as 200 kilograms of TNT, Russian news agencies quoted prosecutorial investigators in Dagestan as saying.

A police official said a black four-wheel-drive Niva vehicle had exploded after traffic police tried to stop it, claiming a suicide bomber had been behind the wheel.

Russia's federal Investigative Committee, however, said the Niva had been parked when the blast occurred. The blasts killed 12 people, nine of them police officers, and 23 others were hospitalized, the Investigative Committee said.

A provincial police spokesman said Kizlyar police chief Vitaly Vedernikov was among the dead. In addition to police, an investigator from the prosecutor's office and a civilian were killed, Russian news agencies cited police as saying.

Moscow observed a day of mourning on Tuesday for the victims of the blasts.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin led Moscow into a war against pro-independence Chechen fighters in 1999 that sealed his rise to power.


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