Bomber attacks Dagestan army base

Suicide car bomber kills three soldiers and wounds 32 others in the Russian republic of Dagestan.

    Dagestan's president said security services have to step up their fight against 'militants' [AFP]

    A suicide car bomber has killed three soldiers and wounded 32 others in an attack on a military base in the Russian republic of Dagestan, government officials say.
     
    The attack took place about 1am local time on Sunday (21:00 GMT Saturday) at the base in the city of Buinaksk, Vyacheslav Gasanov, a spokesman for Dagestan's interior ministry, said.
     
    The driver of a small Zhiguli car, packed with explosives, smashed through a gate of the base and headed for an area where soldiers are quartered in tents, Gasanov said.
     
    But soldiers opened fire on him before he reached the centre of the base, he said.
     
    The driver then drove the car into a military lorry before exploding it.
     
    After the blast, a roadside bomb hit a car taking investigators to the scene, but there were no injuries reported in that explosion.
     
    Magomedsalam Magomedov, Dagestan's president, visited the scene of the attack and the wounded soldiers in hospitals.
     
    "Today's terrorist attack indicates that militants in the republic still have the power to conduct such treacherous attacks," Magomedov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.
     
    Despite "several successful" operations against the fighters in the region, the country's security services have to step up their efforts to fully stamp out the challenge, he said.
     
    Dagestan is gripped by near-daily violence between security forces and fighters believed to be inspired by separatists in neighbouring Chechnya.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    'Money can't buy us': Mapping Canada's oil pipeline battle

    We travel more than 2,000km and visit communities along the route of the oil pipeline that cuts across Indigenous land.

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women under ISIL: The wives

    Women married to ISIL fighters share accounts of being made to watch executions and strap explosives to other women.

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    Diplomats for sale: How an ambassadorship was bought and lost

    The story of Ali Reza Monfared, the Iranian who tried to buy diplomatic immunity after embezzling millions of dollars.