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Explosion near Chechen police station kills three, injures five police officers

September 16, 2013, 11:24 UTC+3

Investigative Committee working on site

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Archive photo ITAR-TASS/ Vladimir Mukagov

Archive photo ITAR-TASS/ Vladimir Mukagov

MOSCOW, September 16 (Itar-Tass) - In the explosion of a car by the police station in Chechnya’s Sunzha region, three police died and five received injuries, the Information Centre of the National Anti-Terror Committee said on Monday.

The authority confirmed “one of possible versions is that the explosion was made by a suicide terrorist.”

“Today, at about 2am an indentified explosive device went off, causing casualties. As of 11am, three police officers died, and five received injuries,” the source said. “The injured are at currently in a hospital, where they receive required medical assistance.”

A group of Russia’s Investigative Committee is working on site. It was later reported that a VAZ-21115 car was exploded t 1:45am Moscow time . The blast wave damaged the police station’s building and vehicles, as well as neighboring houses. The explosion left a hole three metres in diameter and one meter deep.

The blast power of the bomb, was equivalent to 60 kilograms of TNT, spokeswoman of the Chechen investigation department of the Russian Investigative Committee Maryam Nalayeva told Itar-Tass.

The same gang is behind a terrorist act in Chechnya and a terrorist act recently averted in Ingushetia, a source in the Ingush law enforcement agencies told Itar-Tass.

The detectives believe that the so-called Sunzha gang headed by warlord Beslan Makhauri is behind the suicide bombers. According to available reports, the gang is entrenched in the woody highlands near the administrative border between Chechnya and Ingushetia. 

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