At least one killed in suicide bombing in Russia's Chechnya

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At least one person was killed and five others were wounded when a powerful explosion detonated by a suicide bomber rocked Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya on Wednesday, authorities said.

According to local police, an unidentified man blew himself up near a police parking lot in front of the central concert hall in the Chechen capital of Grozny at 06:00 p.m. Moscow time (1400 GMT), where the republic's leader Ramzan Kadyrov was expected to arrive.

The site has been sealed off.

Reports on the number of casualties has varied. According to a Xinhua correspondent reporting from the scene, the number of wounded was five, but the Itar-Tass news agency put the injuries at 10. The RIA Novosti news agency said the five injured were all police officers.

Meanwhile the RBC news agency said a total of 11 people were wounded, one of whom died later.

The chief surgeon of the Grozny hospital told a Xinhua correspondent that five people were admitted to his facility.

Violence is common in Russia's mainly Muslim North Caucasus republics, especially Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, with militants frequently targeting police and officials as representatives of Russian authorities.

Moscow recently made economic improvements in the region to prevent locals from joining terrorists. The Kremlin has vowed to tackle the problems of unemployment, clan rivalry and corruption in the region, which are viewed as the reasons for violence there.

Source: Xinhua


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