[QODLink]
Europe
Suicide bomber strikes in Chechnya
Interior minister says six people wounded in attack on police car in Grozny.
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2009 12:08 GMT

North Caucasus leaders have warned Russia they are struggling to contain violence in the region [AFP]

A suicide bomber has blown herself up beside a police car in Grozny, the capital of Russia's southern region of Chechnya, wounding six people.

Russian news agencies carried conflicting reports on the number of people who suffered in the blast, but local officials said there were no fatalities.

Speaking at the scene of the blast, Ruslan Alkhanov, the Chechen interior minister, said: "I officially declare there were no victims in the explosion.

"Two Chechen policemen and four civilians were wounded."

A mangled, burnt-out carcass was all that remained of the police car at an intersection in Grozny's usually bustling centre, a reporter from the Reuters news agency said. 

A passenger minibus with shattered windows was seen nearby.

A series of attacks by Islamist fighters on security forces and local leaders over recent months has shattered several years of relative calm and raised questions about the Moscow's control of the north Caucasus region.

Leaders from across the area warned Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, last month that they were struggling to contain the violence which they said had permeated all spheres of society.

Russia has fought two wars against Chechen separatists since the early 1990s.

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
An estimated 36 people die each day in embattled town where pro-Russia rebel separatists fight Ukrainian soldiers.
People are starving in southern Somalia while relief efforts are blocked by government and rebel fighting.
Some scientists say authorities in favour of nuclear energy tend to deny the negative results of researchers.
Report on child sex abuse in British Asian community highlights issues that may affect the entire nation.
Taliban makes quick gains in Afghanistan with little opposition from Afghan army as US withdrawal begins.
join our mailing list