MOSCOW, July 26 (Xinhua) -- Four police officers and
one civilian were killed in a suicide blast in Russia's North Caucasus republic
of Chechnya Sunday evening, news agencies reported.
A suicide bomber set off an explosive device when
approaching senior police officers working outside a theater and concert hall in
Leninsky district of Grozny, the regional capital, at around 5:00 p.m. Moscow
time (1300 GMT).
A boy walks across
a square, the site of a suicide bomb attack in Grozny, July
26, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
"The senior police officers who died today are the
chief of public security in Grozny's Leninsky district, the chief of the same
district's detention center, a deputy chief of public security forces in
Chechnya, who had the colonel's rank, and a lieutenant-colonel from the Interior
Ministry's department for coordination," the Itar-Tass reported citing local
There were a crowd of people at a square some 40
meters from the concert hall, said the RIA Novosti, and a local police source
said nine other people were wounded in the blast.
One of the wounded civilians later died in the
hospital, while two others remained in critical conditions, said the Itar-Tass.
The body of the suicide bomber has been destroyed
The scene has been cordoned off where investigators
The floor is
stained with blood at a square, the site of a suicide bomber attack, in front
of a concert hall in Grozny July 26,
Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov condemned the attack,
pledging to root out terrorists in the region.
"These are the death throes of bandits...I declare
that the operation will continue until all of these bandits are completely
annihilated," he said.
The Kremlin in April formally ended an anti-terrorist
operation in Chechnya, which has experienced two bloody separatist wars in the
past 15 years.
The North Caucasus republics of Chechnya, Ingushetia
and Dagestan have seen a rise in daily violence in recent months.
The Russian government has strengthened its strikes
against insurgents recently. Six militants were killed in a police special
operation Saturday in Chechnya after hours-long shootout.