Oct 5, 2014 11:45 AM

Suicide bomber in Chechnya kills 4 policemen

The Associated Press

GROZNY, Russia (AP) A suicide bomber blew himself up Sunday in the capital of Chechnya, killing four police officers and wounding at least three others as the city celebrated the birthday of its pro-Kremlin leader, officials said.

The Chechen leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, told journalists at the scene that the suicide bomber was wearing a police uniform and presented police identification when he tried to go through metal detectors set up outside a concert hall in Grozny, the capital. When police moved to stop him, he detonated the explosives, Kadyrov said.

Several ambulances were seen leaving the site, which was blocked off by police.

Kadyrov and a statement issued by the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said four policemen were killed and three seriously wounded. The Interior Ministry initially said four police were wounded. It was not possible to immediately resolve the discrepancy.

After two separatist wars in the 1990s, Chechnya has become more stable under Kadyrov. But a Muslim insurgency still simmers throughout Russia's North Caucasus region, which includes Chechnya.

The last suicide bombings in Russia took place late last year in Volgograd, a city north of the volatile Caucasus region. The bombings of a train station and an electric trolleybus there killed 34 people and heightened security fears ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.


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