MOSCOW— Twelve police were wounded during an Islamist attack on a provincial capital in the volatile Caucasus region, Russian media reported on Friday.
The Itar Tass news agency said militants launched grenades on a regional security agency, a hospital and a hotel in Nalchik, the capital of the Kabardino-Balkariya province. No one was wounded in the attack, it said.
The Interfax agency reported 12 police officers were wounded by the militants at two traffic police stations outside Nalchik.
The attack continues an escalation of violence in the impoverished province that is home to Mount Elbrus, Europe's highest peak.
Earlier this week, three tourists and three militants were killed in separate attacks near Elbrus.
In a 2005 attack on Nalchik, 139 people were killed, including 94 militants.