Published: Sep 28, 2011 7:59 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) - Investigators say a powerful car bomb killed eight people, including an 11-year-old girl and a police officer, in Russia's volatile Dagestan province.
The Investigative Committee, Russia's top investigative body, said the explosive that was planted in a car parked at a road crossing in the central Levashinsky district also wounded six more police officers Wednesday.
Dagestan, a multiethnic, predominantly Muslim republic, is plagued by near-daily violence.
It is part of the restive Caucasus region that has been destabilized by an Islamist insurgency that has spread across the region following two separatist wars in Chechnya.

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