Dagestan bomb explosion equivalent to 1.5 kg of TNT

The bomb that went off on Friday night at a railway station in Derbent, Republic of Dagestan in the Russian volatile North Caucasus region was equivalent to 1.5 kg of TNT(Trinitrotoluene), investigators said on Saturday.

The explosive device was placed in a garbage dumpster close to the platform where passengers were gathering to catch an intercity train. The explosion wounded at least 8 people, 3 police officers and 5 civilians, and a woman died of wounds in the hospital, a police source earlier said.

Russia's mainly Muslim North Caucasus republics, in particular Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, have seen an upsurge of militant violence recently, with frequent attacks on police and officials.

The Kremlin has pledged to wage "a ruthless fight" opposed to militant groups but also acknowledged a need to tackle unemployment, organized crime, clan rivalry and corruption as causes of the ongoing violence in the region.

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