Report: Eight killed in Chechnya suicide attack

By REUTERS
August 31, 2011 00:34

 
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MOSCOW - Eight people, seven of them police, were killed in a suicide attack in Chechnya's capital Grozny on Tuesday during celebrations at the end of the Muslim festival of Ramadan, a police source told Interfax news agency.

A man detonated an explosive device when a police patrol tried to detain him and a second blast rang out soon afterwards, an unidentified police official told the privately-owned agency.

The explosion killed seven police officers, an emergency services worker and wounded at least 16 people, Interfax added.

The scene of the explosion, in a densely populated district of Grozny 50 meters from a local parliament building, was cordoned off by the police. Residents told Reuters they heard gun shots after the explosions.

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