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Powerful Explosive Defused In Daghestan

12 October 2005 -- Police in the Russian region of Daghestan said today military engineers have defused a powerful explosive device in the regional capital Makhachkala.

Regional Interior Ministry spokeswoman Irina Volkova said the device, packed with TNT with a grenade attached, was found around midnight not far from the regional training site for the Federal Security Service in Makhachkala.

Violence from war-torn Chechnya regularly spills over to neighboring Dagestan. In Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya to the east, a bomb exploded as a car carrying a federal communications officer and other military personnel was passing. No one was injured.

In Ingushetia's Malgobek district, an explosion hit a gas processing plant today, killing one person. Authorities said the blast appeared to be an accident.


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