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Explosion Kills 3, Hurts 38 Near Chechen Border

THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / RUSSIA

July 18, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A bomb exploded near a police station in the troubled Dagestan region bordering Chechnya, killing a pregnant woman, a child and an officer, authorities said. They suggested Islamic militants were behind the blast in the city of Khasavyurt but didn't immediately link the attack to Chechnya, where a nearly 4-year-old war continues.

Officials left open the possibility that the bombing, which also injured 38 people, could have been the result of a personnel dispute. The bomb, packed with nuts, bolts and ball bearings, was attached to a motorcycle or scooter.

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