Grozny (Russia): A suicide bomber blew
himself up in the capital of Russia`s restive Chechnya region
on Wednesday, wounding three police officers and two civilians,
The blast at about 6 pm shook the center of Grozny, a
city gingerly trying to come back to life after being
devastated in two wars between separatists and Russian forces
The blast took place near the city`s theater, where an
area for a musical performance had been cordoned off by
police. An Associated Press reporter heard a powerful
explosion and saw one person who appeared gravely wounded and
two others with light injuries.
Alvi Karimov, a spokesman for Chechnya`s
Kremlin-appointed president Ramzan Kadyrov, said the blast was
caused by a suicide bomber, but did not have further details.
The regional office of the Emergencies Ministry said
three officers of the OMON riot police division were injured,
along with two civilians.
Major offensives in Chechnya died down in the early part
of the decade, but scattered small clashes and bombings
continue to plague the region. A rebel Chechen leader claimed
responsibility for the March subway suicide bombings in Moscow
that killed 40 people.
Violence seen as inspired by the Chechen insurgency has
also gripped the neighboring regions of Dagestan and