An unidentified gunman opened fire at police officers in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, injuring two of them, and fled, a spokesperson for the regional interior ministry department told TASS on Wednesday.
"Two officers were injured in the incident that took place in the village of Toturbiykala in the Khasavyurt district. Police officers noticed a suspicious man and tried to check his identity. After that, the gunman opened fire at the officers and fled," the source said.
The search for the attacker is under way.
A source in the republic's interior ministry department said the injuries of the officers were not life-threatening.
"The officers received moderately severe injuries and were hospitalized. Their condition is not life-threatening," the official said.
source: commonspace.eu with TASS news agency, Moscow
photo:Aerial view of Makhachkala, capital of Dagestan (archive picture)
Specialists at the University of Sheffield in the UK estimate that the blast had about one tenth of the explosive power of the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War Two and was "unquestionably one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history".