World Bulletin / News Desk
A policeman was killed in a bomb attack in the Chechen capital Grozny late on Friday that also injured 14 people, a local law enforcement official said, Reuters said.
The deadly explosion, at about 10:30 p.m. (1830 GMT), was detonated by remote control about 10 minutes after police and civilians gathered at the site of another blast. "Three of the injured were civilians. The rest were policemen," Maryam Nalaeyeva, an official in the local prosecutor's office, told Reuters early on Saturday.
One of the most populous regions in the mainly Muslim north Caucasus, Chechnya declared independency after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but was attacked by Russian forces in two wars since the mid-1990s.
Still low-level insurgency continues in Muslim states controlled by Russia.
Amnesty International also said in its 2009 report on Caucasus that so-called the counter-terrorism operation that the Russian authorities declared there gave a green light tohuman right violations by government forces in Chechnya.
Human rights groups have repeatedly accused the authorities of serious abuses including house burning, extra-judicial killings, torture and illegal punishment.
In 2008, high-level Chechen officials, including President Ramzan Kadyrov, made public statements stating that the families of insurgents should expect to be punished unless they convinced their relatives to surrender.