A day after a judge was gunned down in Dagestan, bomb blasts in the troubled Russian region have also derailed a train and injured two policemen.
Miraculously, the officers escaped with only wounds when a device, thought to have been in a parked car, exploded as they passed by in their own vehicle.
That strike came only hours after a local magistrate was shot dead in his car in Dagestan’s capital Makhatchkala.
A train was also blown off its tracks in the Russian republic, but authorities say no one was hurt. The latest incidents add to a spate of attacks by rebels.
Last week, the Kremlin unveiled a new strategy in Russia’s North Caucasus, aimed at tackling the Islamist insurgency. That promised action to reduce grinding poverty and rampant corruption.