Two Russian police killed, 7 injured in Chechnya blast

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Two Russian policemen were killed and seven others wounded Monday in a blast in the wooded mountains of restive Chechnya, Interfax quoted a law enforcement official as saying.

The incident occurred in the North Caucasus republic's Vedono region, which has been the scene of recent battles between local security forces and Islamist gunmen.

Moscow has fought two devastating wars with separatists in Muslim-majority Chechnya since 1994.

It is now battling an Islamist-fuelled insurgency there and in the neighbouring regions of the North Caucasus.

© 2011 AFP

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