MAKHACHKALA, Russia — A suicide car-bomber killed three soldiers and wounded 32 others in an attack on a military base in Russia's violence-plagued republic of Dagestan on Sunday.
The attack took place about 1 a.m. at the base in the city of Buinaksk, said Vyacheslav Gasanov, a spokesman for the republic's Interior Ministry.
The driver of the explosives-laden small Zhiguli automobile smashed through a gate of the base and headed for an area where soldiers are quartered in tents, Gasanov said.
But soldiers opened fire on him before he reached the center of the base. Gasanov said the driver rammed the car into a military truck where it exploded.
After the blast, a roadside bomb hit a car taking investigators to the scene, but no injuries were reported.
"Today's terrorist attack indicates that militants in the republic still have the power to conduct such treacherous attacks," said Dagestan's president, Magomedsalam Magomedov, according to Interfax news agency.
Despite "several successful" operations against the militants in the region, the country's security services have to step up their efforts to fully stamp out the militants, he said.
Dagestan is gripped by near-daily violence between police and soldiers and insurgents believed to be inspired by separatists in neighboring Chechnya.