Russia: A militant rebel in the country`s volatile North Caucasus region, blew himself up today with a homemade grenade, wounding nine police officers, two critically, police said.
The incident occurred in Chechnya as a raid on a rebel hideout was near completion, police spokesman Magomed Khamchiyev told The Associated Press. Khamchiyev said the militant detonated an improvised grenade when police approached after an exchange of fire. The rebel died instantly.
Police and security forces are in a constant battle with separatist rebels fighting to throw off Moscow`s rule in the mainly Muslim North Caucasus.
In the nearby Kabardino-Balkaria province, an officer was killed in a night time shooting by unidentified assailants in masks, police said.