One person dies as blast rocks Russia's Dagestan capital
One person has been killed, and at least five more have been hospitalized after an explosion in Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s restive Dagestan region.
The blast occurred outside a liquor store on one of the city's liveliest streets. It appears to have been set off by a remotely-activated charge
"The shop was set on fire by the explosion, and firefighters are currently trying to put it out. Police are scanning the area for other explosive devices," a police officer, who did not wish to be named, told Interfax news agency.
The initial injury toll was reported as ten, but later downgraded.
Islamist-organized terrorist attacks targeting the civilian population and officials are common in the region, and more than 10 people died in two separate explosions in Makhachkala in May this year.
Officials say that at least 10 terrorist cells are operating in the republic, which borders Chechnya.
A charge detonated by an Islamist suicide bomber killed six people on a bus in the southern city of Volgograd last week.