Seven injured as blasts rock Russia before Olympic Games

Dmitry Zaks
Agence France-Presse
January 17, 2014

Five Russian civilians and two policemen were reported injured on Friday in a restaurant attack in Dagestan which is home to insurgents who have threatened to strike next month’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

“The first explosion came when a grenade launcher fired at the second floor of the restaurant. The second came when a parked car blew up,” an interior ministry source in the mostly Muslim North Caucasus republic of Dagestan was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS.

The unidentified security source had initially said that the blasts in the republic’s capital Makhachkala had led to several fatalities.

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