Six law enforcement agents sustained injuries in the southern Russian Republic of Karachay-Cherkessia as they tried to detain a man who blew himself up, the National Counter-Terrorism Committee said on Friday.
"Today, at around noon, an attempt by an unidentified person to get into the territory where law enforcement agents were conducting a criminal intelligence operation was prevented in the village of Uchkeken in the Karachay-Cherkess Republic. The criminal blew himself up during the detention attempt”, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said in a press release.
The agents are receiving the necessary medical assistance. So far no reports of any civilians being injured have emerged, the press release went on. The authorities have launched an investigation to identify the criminal.
Regional governor Rashid Temerzov was quoted as saying by his office in a press release that the inured agents were under medical supervision.
"There is no threat to the lives of the injured law enforcement agents. Doctors describe their condition as stable," he said.
Temerzov said that agents’ families would receive financial support from the regional authorities, who were monitoring the situation. Police and security forces are actively involved, he added. The governor said calm had been restored in the village and there was no threat to residents’ safety.