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Bomb blast kills six Russian police

SIX policemen were killed and two were injured yesterday in a bomb explosion in Russia's troubled North Caucasus region of Ingushetia, a local police source said.

Islamist fighters have been pursuing a separatist rebellion in Ingushetia, mounting a series of low-level attacks.

The Kremlin sacked the governor of Ingushetia, former secret police chief Murat Zyazikov, last October and replaced him with a local former paratroop commander Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, but the move has failed to stop the violence.

"Police tried to defuse a bomb found near a cemetery on the edge of the village of Surkhakhi but it went off as they worked on it," an Ingush police source said.

In the past few weeks powerful bomb explosions have been the main feature of acts of violence in Ingushetia, which borders ethnically kin Chechnya, where Moscow has fought two wars against pro-independence separatists since 1994.


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