One militant was killed and another wounded in an attempt to plant a bomb near a shop in the town of Buinaksk in the volatile Russian North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, the republican interior ministry reported on Sunday.
The bomb went off when two unidentified persons tried to plant an explosive device early on Sunday near a commercial shop in Chaikovsky Street.
“The explosion was equal to 100 grams of TNT. As a result of the explosion, one of the criminals died of wounds on the scene while the other was taken to hospital. Their identities are being established. The shop was slightly damaged. The sum of the damage is being determined,” the ministry said.
The police seized a TT pistol with cartridges, a knife and bomb fragments at the scene, the ministry said.
More that a decade after the end of a federal war against separatists in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Russian security forces continue to fight militants in other regions in the area, who stage frequent attacks on security forces, police and civilians.
Terrorist attacks and shootouts with police have become commonplace in the mostly-Muslim republic of Dagestan.