Suicide bomber kills 2 Russian policemen

KARABULAK - A suicide bomber triggered his explosives outside a police station in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Ingushetia yesterday, killing two police officers, officials said.

KARABULAK - A suicide bomber triggered his explosives outside a police station in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Ingushetia yesterday, killing two police officers, officials said.

The deadly attack came after a wave of suicide bombings killed more than 50 Russians last week, prompting the government to promise tougher measures against the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus. The attacker detonated himself outside the local police headquarters in the Ingush town of Karabulak, Russia's investigative committee said in a statement yesterday.

"The suicide bomber died at the scene and six police officers with injuries from the blast were taken to hospital, where two of them died," it said. Earlier, police had said only three officers were hospitalised.

The bomber struck as a car full of officers was entering the compound, and his explosives were spiked with "incapacitating elements", a likely reference to metal shrapnel, designed to cause maximum injuries, the statement said.

A second, much more powerful explosion went off at 9.12am in a car parked across the street from the police station, it added. The second explosion - which caused no deaths or injuries - was triggered by a police bomb squad and caused no casualties, a law enforcement source told an AFP reporter in Karabulak.

Following the blasts, dozens of police stood near the police station building, surrounded by metal fences and concrete barriers, an AFP reporter said. - Sapa-AP

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