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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

5 Killed in Attack on Cell Phone Workers

Five people were killed Thursday when assailants attacked workers sent to repair a mobile-phone tower about 80 kilometers south of Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala, officials said.

Earlier it had been reported that at least eight people had been killed.

A bomb blast hit a police-escorted vehicle carrying the workers sent to fix a communications tower that had been damaged in a sabotage attack overnight, the Prosecutor General's Office said.

Most or all of the people killed in the attack were believed to have been repairmen, a police spokesman said. Four police officers were wounded.

Hours later, police were exchanging fire with the attackers, he said.

Separately, three masked men severely beat and shot dead Fral Shebzukhov, an aide to Karachayevo-Cherkessia's president, in the republic's capital, Cherkessk, on Wednesday.