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Suicide Bomber Kills Policemen In Russia's Daghestan

A suicide bomber today killed at least six policemen in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Daghestan.

Russian media reports say the suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden car when a police vehicle blocked him from driving through a traffic police station on the outskirts of the capital, Makhachkala. The blast injured at least 14 people, including civilians.

Daghestan's Deputy Interior Minister Magomed Isayev said the police officers who blocked the suicide bomber's car prevented "major casualties."

"Their vehicle was on the territory of the station, behind the gates, and at the moment they were opening the door, their vehicle blocked the terrorist's car that was trying to drive into the territory of the battalion. As a result, they prevented the car from penetrating the area where guards were being posted," Isayev said.

Over the past year, Russia's North Caucasus republics have seen a wave of attacks, many of them targeting police. Observers say the violence is fueled by poverty, Islamist militancy, and heavy-handed tactics by law enforcement agencies.

compiled from agency reports