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    One police officer was killed and at least 12 injured in an explosion on Friday evening outside a market in Chechnya's capital, Grozny, investigators said.

    GROZNY, October 9 (RIA Novosti) - One police officer was killed and at least 12 injured in an explosion on Friday evening outside a market in Chechnya's capital, Grozny, investigators said.

    Before the explosion, militants attacked a police van with a grenade launcher, but the vehicle was empty. Officers then came to the scene, and an explosive device believed to be a landmine went off, a spokesman for the republic's investigators said.

    "As a result of the explosion, one police officer died, and 12 were injured and hospitalized. Two of them are in serious condition," he told RIA Novosti.

    According to preliminary information, no civilians were injured in the attack.

     

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