Force of Tuesday's explosion in Chechnya equaled 10 kg of TNT

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GROZNY, July 20 (RIA Novosti) - The homemade bomb that went off Tuesday in Chechnya was carrying the equivalent of 10 kg of TNT, a source in the investigation said.

 "According to bomb disposal experts, the improvised explosive device was made out of an artillery shell and its power equaled 10 kg of TNT," the source said. On Tuesday at 12:49 (local time) the police reported that an UAZ car was shot at from a Zhiguli car without a license plate in the village of Znamenskoye, 60 km north-west of here, the source said.

Officers from the Regional Department of Internal Affairs arrived at the scene in four cars after a report from the police.

"At 1:10 p.m. local time an improvised explosive device exploded, when the officers were inspecting the UAZ car, containing the body of an unidentified male," the source said.

The explosion killed 10 officers from the Regional Department of Internal Affairs, one officer from the Federal Security Service and three local citizens. Six police officers and 18 local citizens were hurt.

A criminal case has been opened on charges of terrorism, attempt on life of a police officer and murder.

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