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Three police killed, one injured in Chechnya suicide blast

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A suicide bomber killed three police officers at a carwash in a Chechen village on Tuesday

MOSCOW, August 25 (RIA Novosti) - A suicide bomber killed three police officers at a carwash in a Chechen village on Tuesday, local police said.

Police have identified the bomber as Mahomet Shakhidov, a member of a gang commanded by Hussein Gakayev.

Police initially reported that four officers had been killed in the attack, which took place at around 11.00 a.m. (7.00 GMT) in the Shali district of the Russian North Caucasus Republic.

The suicide bomber approached police officers who were waiting for their vehicle to be cleaned at a carwash and set off a home-made explosive device hidden under his clothing. Three officers were killed on site, and a fourth has been hospitalized with severe wounds.

Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev has ordered a complete review of all Interior Ministry facilities in the North Caucasus to assess vulnerability to terrorist attacks, following several months of increasing militant violence in the region.

Last week at least 20 officers died in a truck bombing at the police headquarters in Nazran, Ingushetia's largest city, and suicide bombers on bicycles killed four officers in two attacks in the Chechen capital, Grozny.

 

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