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Policemen Attacked In Daghestan

A truck after a bombing in the capital earlier this month Makhachkala, Russia; 29 July 2005 -- Police in Daghestan say five policemen received slight concussions after an explosion struck their patrol late yesterday near the capital, Makhachkala.

The attack on a road leading to the Makhachkala airport came hours after Russian law enforcement agencies said they
have dismantled a large militant network in the north Caucasus republic that had been planning an attack in Moscow.

Deputy Interior Minister Andrei Novikov said some 150 people were arrested.

Also yesterday, police stormed a suspected militant base in Makhachkala, killing three people. The operation also
left one police officer dead.

Daghestan, which neighbors war-ravaged Chechnya, has been hit by increasing violence believed to be linked to insurgents and criminal gangs.

Earlier this week, Daghestan's interior minister, Adilgerei Magomedtagirov, said attacks had left 32 policemen dead and another 50 wounded since the beginning of this year.

(ITAR-TASS, RFE/RL's Russian Service)