Shootings, Car Bombing Kill 2, Injure 3 in Moscow

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Moscow was shaken in recent days by a car bombing, a shooting in the heart of town, and the theft of a pop singer's Jeep Grand Cherokee by armed men who shot and killed her bodyguard.

On Wednesday, Dmitry Milovanov, 30, and his 6-year-old daughter were in a Zhiguli parked on Ulitsa Borisovskie Prudi near Kashirskoye Shosse in southern Moscow when a homemade bomb placed under the car exploded at about 8:30 a.m., city police said.

The force of the explosion threw the car onto its side. Both Milovanov and his daughter were hospitalized with serious injuries, police said.

Police declined to give a possible motive. Interfax speculated that the bombing may have been connected to an organized crime shakedown.

On Tuesday evening, three unidentified men stole a Jeep Grand Cherokee belonging to pop singer Natalya Vetlitskaya after killing her bodyguard, police said.

The bodyguard dropped Vetlitskaya off at a L'Oreal beauty salon on Kutuzovsky Prospekt at about 8 p.m. and parked around the corner on Naberezhnaya Tarasa Shevchenko to wait for her.

Under the pretext of asking for directions, three men who appeared to be natives of the Caucasus approached the vehicle and persuaded the bodyguard to open the car door, police said. They then shot him in the chest and drove away in an unknown direction. Police were considering it a carjacking with no additional motives.

In a third attack, unidentified assailants opened fire on a Mercedes sedan parked outside the Moskva hotel, across the street from the State Duma.

One man died at the scene and a second was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, a spokesman for city police said Wednesday.

The man who was killed was identified as 20-year-old Murad Zagirov, a native of Dagestan. Police did not reveal the identity of the second man, who is 19.

The car is owned by businesswoman Lyudmila Kasyavskaya, who was not there at the time of the shooting, police said. The motive remained unclear.