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Three Russian soldiers die in blast

A suicide car-bomber killed three soldiers and wounded 32 others in an attack on a military base in Russia's violence-plagued republic of Dagestan, officials said.

The attack took place at the base in the city of Buinaksk, said Vyacheslav Gasanov, a spokesman for the republic's Interior Ministry.

The driver of the explosives-laden small Zhiguli automobile smashed through a gate of the base and headed for an area where soldiers are quartered in tents, Mr Gasanov said.

But soldiers opened fire on him before he reached the centre of the base. Mr Gasanov said, the driver rammed the car into a military truck where it exploded.

After the blast, a roadside bomb hit a car taking investigators to the scene, but there were no injuries reported in that explosion.

Dagestan's president, Magomedsalam Magomedov, visited the scene of the attack and the wounded soldiers in the hospitals where they're being treated.

"Today's terrorist attack indicates that militants in the republic still have the power to conduct such treacherous attacks," Mr Magomedov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Despite "several successful" operations against the militants in the region, the country's security services have to step up their efforts fully to stamp out the militants, he said.

Dagestan is gripped by near-daily violence between police and soldiers and insurgents believed to be inspired by separatists in neighbouring Chechnya.

The attack came almost exactly 11 years after a car bomb outside an apartment building in Buinaksk housing the families of military officers killed 64 people.


From Belfast Telegraph