MAKHACHKALA — A man strapped with explosives blew himself up Thursday near a mosque in the Dagestani capital, killing himself and injuring another person, police said.
A spokesman for the local branch of the Interior Ministry, Abdul Musayev, said that the man who was killed had a belt of explosives and had probably detonated it by accident.
RIA-Novosti quoted witnesses as saying that the man appeared to be on his way to a nearby house in Makhachkala, where a ceremony of mourning was being held for the son of a top police official shot dead late Tuesday. Mourners had gathered at the house near Makhachkala’s central mosque to remember Magomedrashid Gazimagomedov.
It was not clear, though, whether the suicide bomber’s action was linked to the mourning ceremony or Gazimagomedov’s death.
“It’s not certain, but he probably was heading there,” Musayev said.
The bomber’s body was torn apart by the blast. One of his detached hands still held the remote control apparatus about the size of a mobile phone that he had used to detonate his bomb. Other body parts, including his head, lay nearby.
The detached hand of the bomber holding a remote control at the scene of the blast in Makhachkala on Thursday.
“The person blew himself up. He is dead,” Dagestani Interior Minister Adilgerei Magomedtagirov was quoted as saying by local media.
Local media reported that no one else died in the blast.
In Tuesday’s attack, the latest of many targeting law enforcement officials in the violence-plagued region next to Chechnya, gunmen opened fire on a car used by Deputy Interior Minister Magomed Gazimagomedov. He was not in the car, but his son, who was a security officer, and a bodyguard were killed.
The same day, a shootout erupted between a group of police officers and alleged rebels they were trying to apprehend elsewhere in Dagestan. A policeman and a suspected militant were killed.
Dagestan has been plagued by increasing violence, some of it stemming from criminal gang feuds, some spilling over from the separatist conflict in Chechnya.