Death toll from Dagestan bombings lowered to 3

Moscow, May 20 (EFE).- The death toll from the car-bomb attacks Monday in Makhachkala, the capital of the Russian federal republic of Dagestan, has been revised downward to three, with more than a dozen people wounded, officials said.

"According to preliminary figures, three people died - a police officer, an operations officer and a marshal. More than 10 people were wounded," the official Dagestan Interior Ministry spokesman said.

The government initially told the Interfax news agency that at least eight people were killed when the two car bombs exploded.

Twenty-two people have been hospitalized with wounds caused by the terrorist attack, an emergency services official said.

The first bomb that exploded outside the Federal Marshals Service did not injure anyone, but the second car bomb went off as police arrived on the scene a few minutes later, regional government officials said.

"The first bomb was under the automobile," the Interior Ministry spokesman said.

The bombs were detonated remotely from some distance away, officials said.

"At this time, all personnel have been evacuated from the building that the explosions occurred in front of," Federal Marshals Service spokeswoman Tatiana Trunayeva said.

Dagestan borders the restive Russian republic of Chechnya, where Islamist separatist rebels have been battling federal security forces for years.

Dagestan is one of the seven Russian republics in the North Caucasus region, where Islamic guerrillas operate.