MAKHACHKALA, Russia, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Bomb disposal experts in Russia's restive Caucasian Dagestan have prevented a gas pipeline bombing.
Dagestan lies directly to the east of Chechnya, where during the 1990s Russian forces fought two wars to subdue independence movements there.
Interfax-Agentstvo Voennykh Novostei reported Monday that bomb disposal experts from the Dagestani department of the Russian Federal Security Service defused the explosive found Saturday on the Mozdok-Gazimagomed gas pipeline by workers from the gas pipeline's security service.
The improvised explosive device, estimated by FSB ordnance experts to have an explosive force equivalent to 5 kilos of TNT, consisted of a mixture of ammonium nitrate and aluminum powder fitted with an electric timer and detonator set to explode at 12:30 p.m. Moscow time. FSB bomb disposal experts neutralized the device at 10:10 a.m., moving it from the gas pipeline and detonating it with a pressure charge.
Dagestani militants have frequently attacked the pipeline over the last five years; on Feb. 27, FSB bomb disposal experts located and defused a similar device to the one neutralized on Saturday.