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Suicide bomber targets Russian military unit

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • Car filled with explosives blows up
  • Military unit was target of suicide bomber
  • Attack happened in Dagestan in the turbulent Caucasus region

(CNN) -- A suicide bomb attack on a military unit in the Russian republic of Dagestan killed three people and injured 33, a spokesman for Russia's defense ministry told CNN Sunday.

Five of the wounded are in serious condition, said Col. Igor Konashenkov.

A car, filled with explosives and driven by a suicide bomber, detonated near the city of Buinaksk early Sunday, the news agency RIA-Novosti reported.

Dagestan is in the turbulent Caucasus region.

In recent years, the republic has faced ethnic friction, spillover from the discord in neighboring Chechnya and attacks on government officials by militant Islamists, the International Crisis Group has said.

On Saturday, a car bomb in Dagestan killed a driver and injured a government official and his two bodyguards, state-run news agencies reported.