Separate attacks in two North Caucasus republics left two people dead, including an alleged militant, but another insurgent managed to escape by taking hostage the driver of a car that was passing by, Interfax said Monday.
An unidentified man was killed by a bomb blast in his Zhiguli car near the Dagestani village of Gubden, a notorious insurgency hotbed, a law enforcement source said.
In Kabardino-Balkaria's town of Chegem, two men opened fire at police attempting to check their car, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said.
One attacker, identified as local resident Eduard Ulbashev, was shot dead, but the other forced a local driver to take him away in a car, Vesti.ru said. The hostage was later released unharmed.