Six police officers injured in suicide bomb attack in Russia

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Dec 11, 2020, 04:58 PM(IST)

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No civilian was injured in the attack and the officials are trying to find out the identity of the perpetrator

At least six police officers were wounded after a suicide bomber blew himself up in the North Caucasus region of Karachay-Cherkessia in Russia on Friday.  

A man tried to break into an area where police were conducting searches and triggered the bomb when they attempted to arrest him, Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee said in a statement.  

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The committee said "six officers were lightly injured" in the attack.

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No civilian was injured in the attack and the officials are trying to find out the identity of the perpetrator, it said. 

Reports suggest that the bomb was detonated outside the office of Federal Security Service.

A video shared on Baza Telegram channel showed a body that was blurred lying outside the entrance of the building and was surrounded by blood and rubble. 

The attack took place in the village of Uchkeken in the Karachay-Cherkessia area of the volatile North Caucasus, which is a Muslim-majority region. 

Russia has witnessed bomb attacks carried out by Islamist rebels in this region in the past but is able to by and large crush their efforts. 

The nation fought two intense wars in the 1990s against separatists in Chechnya, a region neighbouring to Karachay-Cherkessia. 

Although attacks on police have reduced in recent years in the North Caucasus, the conflict between Russia and militants from across the region continues.

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