A senior official in Russia’s Dagestan province has been hurt and had his driver killed by car bomb.
Bekmura Bekmurzayev, a minister in charge of national, religious and foreign affaris, was rushed to hospital, suffering from shock. His bodyguard was also injured by the blast.
Dagestan, an ethnically-mixed, mainly Muslim region on the Caspian Sea, has overtaken other volatile southern provinces, including neighbouring Chechnya, to become the worst-hit by Islamist separatist violence in recent months.
Authorities blame most of the attacks on Islamic militants, but some violence is connected to organised crime and to clan rivalries.