At least five policemen have been killed and two others injured as a female suicide bomber struck a police checkpoint in Russian republic of Dagestan in the North Caucasus.
The incident occured late on Tuesday in the Dagestani village of Karabudakhkent. The bomber was trying to enter the checkpoint and at the moment she was stopped, activated the explosives on her body.
The force of the explosion was equivalent to two kilograms of TNT, local police report.
Investigators allege that the bomber could be the widow of one of the chief militants killed by police in an anti-terror operation recently. However, this is just one of possible versions police are currently working on.
Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan is notorious for its numerous militant attacks on police and the civilian population.