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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sapper Killed by Bomb

MOSCOW -- A Russian army engineer was killed before dawn Wednesday as he tried to defuse a powerful bomb in Dagestan, Itar-Tass reported.

The bomb was one of two found by police on Tuesday in a residential area of Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan.

Police called bomb experts and Captain Alexei Zhuravlyov was killed when the bomb he was handling exploded, Itar-Tass said.

Dagestan borders on Russia's breakaway republic of Chechnya and has often been affected by violence and crime spilling across the Chechen border.

The latest bomb attack, however, appeared linked to power struggles in Dagestan itself.