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    A powerful blast was heard in Nalchik, the capital of the North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, a police source said on Friday.

    A powerful blast was heard in Nalchik, the capital of the North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, a police source said on Friday.

    The blast was heard at approximately 23:58 Moscow time [20:58 GMT] on Thursday.

    "The blast occurred when a police car was passing by," the source said. "The explosive device was probably planted under a manhole cover."

    According to preliminary reports, no one was injured.

    While Chechnya, under the leadership of former-separatist-fighter-turned-Kremlin-ally Ramzan Kadyrov, has seen a marked reduction in militant attacks in recent years, violence has erupted in the neighboring republics of Ingushetia, Dagestan and Kabardino-Balkaria.

     

    NALCHIK, November 26 (RIA Novosti)

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