Source Pravda.Ru

Military truck exploded in Dagestan killing two serviceman

Two servicemen had been killed and three others wounded in explosion, in Dagestan, Friday, Dagestani Interior Ministry, said to The ITAR-Tass news agency.

However, the RIA-Novosti and Interfax news agencies quoted medical officials as saying that one soldier had been killed and six wounded.

RIA-Novosti said the blast occurred near a trolley bus terminus in the capital, Makhachkala.

"I can confirm there was an explosion, but I have no other details," a local interior ministry spokesman told Reuters.

Earlier reports suggested a truck had exploded, but a Reuters witness at the scene said there was no evidence of a vehicle. Soldiers from the barracks said the blast occurred during routine checks for explosive devices in the street.

The explosion happened at a sensitive time for Russia, which is marking the first anniversary of the attack by pro-Chechen militants on a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, that resulted in 331 people being killed.

Photo: RIA Novosti