2 Blasts Rattle Dagestan

MAKHACHKALA -- Two bombings hit a police convoy Sunday in a town in Dagestan, injuring two people on the same day as the national presidential election, officials said.

The remote-controlled blasts came in quick succession in Khasavyurt, said Mark Tolchinsky, spokesman for the Dagestani police headquarters in Makhachkala.

He said the first bomb exploded as a police patrol truck passed by. No one was injured in that blast, but when police reinforcements came to investigate, another bomb exploded, injuring one officer and one passer-by, he said.

Initially, police said people had been killed in the blast, but Tolchinsky said there were only two injured.

The motivation for the explosion was unclear.

Dagestan is plagued by violence linked to criminal activities and insurgent activity that has spread from Chechnya.

Bombings against police convoys and other representatives of the federal authorities, once common, have diminished in recent years, but the North Caucasus region remains tense.