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Chechnya: Explosion Kills Russian Policemen

Moscow, 25 April 2001 (RFE/RL) -- At least six Russian policemen were killed and five others wounded when a bomb ripped through a police building in the Chechen town of Gudermes. The casualty toll was confirmed by an aide to Sergei Yastrzhembsky, the Kremlin's top spokesman on Chechnya.

Reports said the blast was caused by one kilogram of explosives detonated by a timer.

Police has opened a criminal investigation. Local Russian authorities have blamed the blast on Chechen separatists.

The police station houses an Interior Ministry unit fighting organized crime.

Gudermes was until a few days ago the seat of the pro-Russian civilian administration of Chechnya. Most local government offices were moved earlier this week to Grozny, where they have already come under repeated fire from the separatists. Several Russian soldiers guarding the building have been reported wounded as a result.