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Two police officers have been injured in separate militant attacks
Two police officers have been injured in separate militant attacks in Russia's North Caucasus republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia, local police said on Thursday.

Late on Wednesday a police sniper was injured when an unidentified attacker fired a grenade launcher at a traffic police point in Ingushetia's largest city of Nazran. The officer was taken to a local hospital.

The attack on the police post follows an assault on the former Ingush president Murat Zyazikov in Nazran late Tuesday evening, when an assailant fired several grenades on his home. The attacker died when an equipment malfunction caused an explosion.

Ingushetia has seen a rise in violence of late, including bombings and other attacks on police and officials, which have been linked to separatists in neighboring Chechnya and local criminal gangs.

In a separate development, a roadside bomb exploded as a police patrol passed along a highway in Chechnya, which borders Ingushetia. The explosion also damaged a GAZelle vehicle parked nearby.

Militant attacks remain fairly common in the troubled republic, which saw two separatist wars in the 1990s and early 2000s.


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