Islamic State claimed responsibility for a carbomb, claiming 2 policemen lives and wounding 17 people at a traffic police post in Russia’s Dagestan republic. The FSB, however, believe the blame is being placed squarely on a local band of terrorists calling themselves ‘Yuzhdag’ (short for Southern Dagestan).
According to the Information Centre of the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee (NAC), “two policemen were killed and seven wounded in the explosion. Also, six civilians were wounded.”
“…[O]ne of the Caliphate’s soldiers advanced with a car bomb towards a barrier set up by the apostate Dagestani police … and blew it up in the midst of their gathering leading to the death or injury of all the elements stationed at the barrier thanks be to God,” the Caucasus “province” of Islamic State said in a statement carried by Twitter accounts loyal to IS.
The explosion occured when the policemen stopped a Lada Priora car for checks near the city of Derbent. Eyewitnesses said the blast was from a terrorist attack and the vehicle stopped purposely before the explosion. The same police check point was assaulted the night before, resulting in one wounded policemen.
The NAC information center believe the improvised explosive device (IED) was made of two 122-mm artillery shells, containing about 30 kg of TNT.
“An improvised explosive device went off in a car at a traffic police post in Dagestan. Bomb-disposal experts that examined the incident scene in the Derbent district of Dagestan where a cab bomb exploded this morning have found out that the car was blown up by an improvised explosive device made of two artillery shells with the yield of about 30 kg of TNT,” NAC said.
According to a Dagestani security source, the suicide bomber came from “the southern terrorist group,” but gave no further details. He also added that specialists from the republic’s investigative department of Russia’s Investigative Committee found a finger that will help identifying the suicide bomber.
“Just a fragment of the suicide bomber’s head, a foot and a wrist have been left. One of the fingers may help identify him. The specialists are now dealing with this,” the source said.
“The identity of a man who detonated an explosive device near the police checkpoint… in Dagestan has been preliminary established. He is A. Talibov, 23.” a police source told Interfax, revealing only the last name of the suspect and adding that he was a student at one of the universities in the Russian city of Astrakhan.
Dagestan has become a hub for Islamic militants in the North Caucasus. The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) has been constantly engaged in counter-terrorist operations and raiding suspected Islamic caches in the region.