At least 12 people were killed in twin blasts in Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, a spokesman for the republic’s interior ministry said on Friday.
“Twelve people died - three civilians, three rescuers, the remaining [victims] are police officers. Casualty reports are still being verified,” the spokesman said.
Hospital sources earlier told RIA Novosti that the number of injured could be “between 25 and 30.” A police source said 20 people were injured.
The first blast, an apparent suicide car bomber attack, occurred near a police field post on the outskirts of the city at about 22:10 local time [18:10 GMT] on Thursday. The second explosion occurred nearby 10 minutes later, when a vehicle with emergency responders had arrived at the scene. Earlier reports said 9 people were killed and 20 injured.