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Russia: Official Says 16 Killed In Blast In Grozny

Moscow, 11 October 2002 (RFE/RL) -- A Chechen prosecutor says 16 pro-Russian Chechnya policemen were killed in an explosion at a police station in the capital Grozny yesterday. Prosecutor Nikolai Kostyuchenko said nine other people were wounded in the blast which occurred while pro-Moscow policemen were holding a meeting in the police station. Forty policemen were reportedly attending the meeting.

Prosecutors have classified the blast as a terrorist act and have opened a criminal investigation. Kostyuchenko said the bomb was most likely brought into the building by people who had infiltrated the pro-Moscow Chechen police on behalf of Chechen separatist rebels.