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Dagestan suicide bombing kills four policemen
Four police officers have been killed and five others were wounded when a vehicle exploded at a road police post in Russian republic of Dagestan. The blast happened during a routine road inspection.

The initial explosion killed three policemen, and the fourth died from his wounds in a hospital hours later. One person still remains unaccounted for. The suicide bomber's body was so badly damaged by the blast that “nothing's left of him,” according to one source.

The yield of the explosive device was estimated to be about 100 kilograms of TNT. The explosion left a crater 1.5 meters deep and 4 meters in diameter, and badly damaged a checkpoint building.

Hours after the blast, local security forces spotted a gang of terrorists militants that may have been connected to the suicide bombing. The group was cornered near a local village, and an operation against them is underway. Police also uncovered a hidden cache in which explosives may have been prepared before being loaded into the car.

The blast occurred near the entrance to the city of Khasavyurt, Dagestan, early in the morning as police ordered a driver to stop his car for an ID check. By intercepting the explosives-carrying vehicle at a checkpoint outside the city center, security officials prevented an attack in a more densely populated area.
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