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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Car Bomb Kills Dagestani Minister

ReutersInvestigators examining Gusayev's car in Makhachkala on Wednesday after a bomb placed on its roof exploded, killing Gusayev.
MAKHACHKALA, Dagestan -- A senior Dagestani official was killed by a car bomb Wednesday as he left home for work, police said.

Magomedsalikh Gusayev, who was Dagestani minister for interethnic policy, information and foreign affairs, died in an explosion caused by a bomb placed on the roof of his car.

"According to witnesses, two men put an explosive device on the roof of the car as it drove away from his home in Makhachkala," police chief Adilgere Makhomed Dagirov told reporters. "The bomb exploded after a few minutes. As a result of this, Gusayev was killed and his driver was badly injured."

Dagirov said police were studying various theories, but he said it could not be excluded that Gusayev had been killed by Islamic extremists. When rebels from Chechnya invaded Dagestan in 1999, Gusayev actively helped efforts to fend off the incursion and was singled out by Islamic extremists as a top enemy.

Gusayev survived a previous assassination attempt in 2001 with a leg wound.

In Chechnya, meanwhile, the local elections committee registered the first four candidates for the republic's Oct. 5 presidential election. The candidates are pro-Moscow Chechen administration chief Akhmad Kadyrov, businessman Malik Saidullayev, Grozny professor Avkhat Khanchukayev and businessman Khusein Dzhabrailov, deputy director of Moscow's Rossia hotel.

Officials said it will take days before they finish going through the paperwork for the seven other potential candidates.

Fighting in Chechnya and land mine explosions killed six soldiers and riot police and wounded 21 in the previous 24 hours, an official in the pro-Moscow Chechen administration said Wednesday. A military car carrying riot police exploded on a land mine near the town of Achkhoi-Martan late Tuesday, killing two police officers and wounding three.

(Reuters, AP)