Russian authorities are reporting that two blasts set off in the North Caucasus region by Islamists have taken the lives of 13 people.
More than 120 people have been hospitalized and 16 remain in critical condition hours after the militants launched their violent attack on public safety officials.
Police officers say the attacks were set off when a car was stopped near a law enforcement station in order to gain the ID of its driver. A successive blast went off less than half an hour afterwards within the same area of the country.
The government of Dagestan has been plagued with intense security problems due to an enduring Islamic insurgency in the province, no doubt heightened by a long border with unrest-ravaged Chechnya, a country with strong pro-Islamism rebel operations.