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Bomb Blast Kills Six Policemen In Russia

At least six policemen were killed in Russia's volatile North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia when a bomb they were trying to defuse went off, said officials on Thursday.

Local police authorities said that the incident happened near a cemetery on the edge of the village of Surkhakhi. They said the dead included local law enforcement chiefs and added that two of those injured in the blast were "in a serious condition".

Ingushetia has seen frequent clashes between insurgents and Russian security forces ever since Chechnya's post-Soviet independence movement was launched in 1994. Though the active phase of the Russian operations against Chechnya's rebels are over, sporadic militant attacks occur in Chechnya and neighboring republics.

Various human rights organizations claim that the violence in the Muslim-dominated Ingushetia has increased after the war in Chechnya ended, and say that at least 90 people have been killed there since August.

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