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Casualties Grow in N. Caucasus Twin Blasts
BayBak, Azerbaijan | 381 days ago | Friday, 4th May , 2012 , 01:12 [am] | Azerbaijan
|.|| “Twelve people died – three civilians, three rescuers, the remaining [victims] are police officers. Casualty reports are still being verified,” the spokesman said.
Hospital sources earlier told RIA Novosti
At least 12 people were killed in twin blasts in Makhachkala, the capital of Russiaâ€™s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, a spokesman for the republicâ€™s interior ministry said on Friday, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.
“Twelve people died – three civilians, three rescuers, the remaining [victims] are police officers. Casualty reports are still being verified,” the spokesman said.
Hospital sources earlier told RIA Novosti that the number of injured could be â€œbetween 25 and 30.â€ A police source said 20 people were injured.
The first blast, an apparent suicide car bomber attack, occurred near a police field post on the outskirts of the city at about 22:10 local time [18:10 GMT] on Thursday. The second explosion occurred nearby 10 minutes later, when a vehicle with emergency responders had arrived at the scene. Earlier reports said 9 people were killed and 20 injured.
The explosions could be heard throughout the city, located in Russiaâ€™s volatile North Caucasus. Attacks on security forces, police and civilians are still frequent in the region more than a decade after the end of a war against separatists in Russiaâ€™s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya.
A law enforcement said that the twin blasts are likely to be qualified as a terrorist attack.
The republicâ€™s head, Magomedsalam Magomedov, had to cut short his working visit to Moscow and is urgently returning to the republic., Voice of a Nation