|A car bomb had ripped into the local FSB building two days before.|
The two plain clothes officers drove us out in a typical lada, busily speaking a mixture of one of the local dialects and Russian. There is no real Dagestani language, like there is Chechen or Ingush. This territory mixes a lot of different ethnicities, their customs and their languages. All the signs are in Russian, but the gabble on the streets is a patchwork of convenience.
|One of the bullets had passed straight through the front door,|
whizzed past the face of a policeman behind and hit the far wall
| Local police commander Askhabali Zairbekov surveys the damage and|
shouts at police and workers to reinforce the station.
|Akhmed Magomedov talking to local taxi drivers in the market.|
|Outside the station they were reinforcing the barricades |
so the same thing couldn't happen again.