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Man Blows Himself up outside Chechnya Voting Station - 2004-08-29


Chechen election officials say a man has blown himself up near a voting station in the southern Russian republic, where balloting was taking place in a special presidential election.

Officials say the incident took place Sunday in the provincial capital, Grozny, when an unidentified young man ran from police who tried to question him about a package he was trying to bring inside a polling station. No other injuries are reported.

Security is tight across Chechnya after separatist rebels threatened to disrupt the election to replace Kremlin-backed Akhmad Kadyrov who was killed in a bombing in May blamed on Chechen rebels.

Today's vote is Moscow's latest effort to exercise control in the rebellious republic where Russian troops are engaged in a five-year military campaign against separatists.

The election is taking place in the shadow of Tuesday's nearly simultaneous crashes of two Russian airliners, which Russian officials say may have been caused by Chechen suicide bombers.

Information for this report is provided by AP and Reuters.

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