An Interior Ministry
spokesman in a volatile province in southern Russia says a suicide
bomber has killed a police officer and wounded two others.
Dzgoyev of the ministry's branch in North Ossetia said the attacker blew
himself up at a police checkpoint on the outskirts of the provincial
capital, Vladikavkaz. The bomber, who died in the explosion, was
accompanied by two other men. One of them was captured after police had
shot and wounded him, while the other escaped.
North Ossetia and
other regions in Russia's volatile North Caucasus have been plagued by
suicide bombings and other violence stemming from two separatist wars in
Chechnya and aggravated by widespread complaints of police abuses.
rebel Chechen leader claimed responsibility for the March subway
suicide bombings in Moscow that killed 40 people.