Seven dead in Ingushetia blast

Four Russian police and three suspected rebels were killed in fighting in Ingushetia, in Russia’s troubled North Caucasus, officials said Feb. 12. Gunmen opened fire and then detonated a landmine when police tried to raid a house in the city of Nazran. The blast destroyed the two-storey house, and a large cache of explosives was reportedly found in the rubble. “While cleaning the rubble, we found four 200-kilogram barrels filled with potassium nitrate and with detonators attached. The bomb could have exploded at any time,” a spokesman for the Federal Security Service’s Ingushetia department said. (RIA Novosti, BBC News, Feb. 12)

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