Suicide attacks in Chechnya kill 5
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 00:42
Grozny: Suicide bombers on bicycles detonated explosives in Chechnya today, killing at least four police officers and a civilian in coordinated attacks in the capital, officials said.

The suicide bombers approached police officers in two central locations in Grozny and blew themselves up, killing two officers in each attack, said Chechnya's Interior Minister Ruslan Alkhanov in televised remarks.

Russian emergency services spokesman Alexei Zemskov said three other people were wounded. An Associated Press reporter saw body parts scattered at the sites of both attacks, which come at the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Today's violence followed Monday's suicide bombing of a police station in neighboring Ingushetia that killed 25 people and injured more than 160 in the deadliest attack in the volatile North Caucasus region in years.

A Chechen rebel group calling itself the Riyadus Salikhin Martyrs' Brigade claimed responsibility for the attack in Nazran in a statement posted today on a Web site sympathetic to Chechen rebels. The claim could not be independently confirmed, but officials also said the attack had been mounted by militants seeking to avenge recent security raids.

Russian news reports initially said there were several other explosions in Grozny today, but officials said there were only two.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 22, 2009, 00:42

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