Bomb explodes near police car in Chechnya capital

A suicide bomber detonated explosives beside a police car in the capital of Chechnya, Russian news agencies reported.

Bomb explodes near police car in Chechnya capital

A suicide bomber on Wednesday detonated explosives beside a police car in the capital of Chechnya, Grozni, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.

"There were injuries and possibly deaths," Interfax news agency quoted an unidentified source in law enforcement agencies as saying.

One of the most populous regions in the mainly Muslim north Caucasus Chechnya declared independency after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but was attacked by Russian forces in two wars since the mid-1990s.

Still low-level insurgency continues in Muslim states controlled by Russia.

Amnesty International also said in its 2009 report on Caucasus that so-called the counter-terrorism operation that the Russian authorities declared there gave a green light tohuman right violations by government forces in Chechnya.

Human rights groups have repeatedly accused the authorities of serious abuses including house burning, extra-judicial killings, torture and illegal punishment.

In 2008, high-level Chechen officials, including President Ramzan Kadyrov, made public statements stating that the families of insurgents should expect to be punished unless they convinced their relatives to surrender.


Reuters
Last Mod: 16 Eylül 2009, 13:57
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