Clues Sought in Twin Car Bombings in Dagestan (Video)
- The Moscow Times
- May. 22 2013 00:00
- Last edited 11:26
Investigators searched for clues Tuesday into why two car bombs were detonated in Makhachkala, killing four and injuring 52 others, as the authorities defused a third car bomb.
Both explosions occurred outside the local headquarters for the court marshals service andáappeared toáhave been detonated byáremote control, said the federaláInvestigative Committee.
No fatalities or injuries were caused byáthe first explosion Monday. But once police arrived atáthe scene 15 minutes later, theásecond bomb detonated, leaving three people dead, according toáthe local branch of the Investigative Committee.
Anáemployee ofáthe court marshals service later died ofáhis injuries in the áhospital, said anáInterior Ministry spokesman.
According toápreliminary data, most of the injured were law enforcement officials.
"The police were providing aácordon after theáfirst explosion. Because ofátheir actions, theánumber ofácivilian victims is minimal," the Interior Ministryáspokesman told Interfax.
No one has claimed responsibility foráthe double blast, andáno suspects have yet been identified.
Video footage showing one of the car bombs detonating Monday. (YouTube)
The blasts might have targeted the son of Makhachkala's mayor who heads the local headquarters of the court marshals service, Moskovsky Komsomolets reported, citing law enforcement officials. The son, however, was not at work at the time of the attack, it said.
Kommersant, also citing investigators, said the attack might be revenge from militants angered by a recent series of law enforcement operations against them.
Averting another possible explosion, police found a bomb attached to the undercarriage of a police car parked in another part of Makhachkala at 8 a.m. Tuesday. “The explosive device found under the police car was neutralized,” police said in a statement carried by Itar-Tass.
Of those injured in Monday's attack, 41 have been hospitalized, including one child, and six were in serious condition, according to the Health and Social Development Ministry.
AnáEmergency Situations Ministry plane was sent toáMakhachkala toátransfer three seriously injured victims toáintensive care units ináMoscow andáNizhny Novgorodá.
TheáIl-76 plane with aáteam ofádoctors fromáthe National Center foráDisaster Medicine flew out fromáRamenskoye airfield in theáMoscow region andáarrived ináDagestan's capital atá10:25 p.m. Monday.
Theáaircraft was equipped with five intensive care units andácan transport up toá20 patients. Theámedical team included two doctors, anáanesthesiologist, aátrauma surgeon andátwo nurses, Interfax reported.