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15 February 2016, 12:41

Explosion at traffic checkpoint becomes third armed incident in southern Dagestan in 1.5 months

According to the law enforcement bodies, the explosion at the Djemikent checkpoint of the road police (known as GIBDD) was committed by members of the "Southern" grouping of militants.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that this morning, the explosion has occurred at the GIBDD checkpoint near the village of Djemikent. According to the law enforcement bodies, the explosion was committed by a suicide bomber, whose remains were found at the place of the incident.

Till present, the contradictory information has been reported concerning the number of killed and injured persons. Sources report about at least four killed persons, including the suicide bomber, and about five-seven wounded persons.

A source from the law enforcement bodies has reported that, according to the preliminary information, the explosion was organized by the "Southern" grouping of Dagestani militants, the RIA "Novosti" reports.

Since the beginning of the year, at least two armed clashes occurred in the regions of Southern Dagestan. The situation in the southern part of the republic has deteriorated on the background of the increasing power pressure on the Salafi community. Let us remind you that recently, in Dagestan, mosques visited by Salafis for prayers have been massively closed or imams in them have been replaced with candidates appointed by the Muftiyat. In total, according to members of the Salafi community, since the beginning of the year, the pressure affected 12 mosques.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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