MOSCOW, September 21 (RIA Novosti) – One serviceman was killed and another one wounded in an explosion in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Chechnya on Friday, the Russian Interior Ministry reported Saturday.
“An unidentified explosive device detonated in the Achkhoi-Martan District when Russian Interior Ministry troops were conducting manhunt activities. One serviceman was killed and another one received a fragmentation wound,” the ministry said in a statement.
“He was hospitalized in a serious condition,” the statement said.
An investigation is underway.
Attacks on security forces, police and civilians occur regularly in the North Caucasus, generated by ethnic, religious and political rivalries, as well as poverty and corruption. The violence is also fed by an Islamist insurgency, which has been especially resilient in Dagestan and fueled a series of bloody post-Soviet separatist wars in the neighboring republic of Chechnya.
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