Gunshots have been reported in the capital of the southern Russian republic

Russian security forces have been deployed to the streets of Makhachkala, the capital of the Republic of Dagestan, after reports of multiple shots fired in the city center.

Videos circulating on Telegram channels showed police telling bystanders to disperse or take cover as they set up roadblocks on two streets in the city center. Eyewitnesses reported hearing at least five gunshots.

Local authorities have yet to issue a statement about what happened.

According to the Telegram channel Shot, two men dressed all in black opened fire on a patrolling police officer before fleeing.

The incident comes less than 48 hours after a series of terrorist attacks in Dagestan, including on the police post in Makhachkala, in which up to 25 people died.