Two killed in police station attacks
The Interior Ministry says one policeman was shot dead.
The Derbent city police station was fired upon on Tuesday, an attack which killed a police sergeant and injured two more policemen, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax Wednesday. According to Markin, the attackers fired automatic weapons.Several hours later, a dozen more people were injured, including civilians and law enforcement officials, when a car bomb went off outside the same station. As investigators were examining the scene, “an unidentified person set off an explosive device planted in a car parked on the roadside in front of the police station,” Markin said.
A body was later found in the boot of the car, bringing the death toll to two.
“We assume that he [the driver] refused to drive the car toward the building, put up resistance and was killed by terrorists,” said Dagestani Interior Ministry spokesman Mark Tolchinsky.
A search for the attackers is underway, and a criminal case has been launched.
This is the latest in a spate of attacks in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region.