AP reporter: Blast hits center of Chechen capital
GROZNY, Russia -- An Associated Press reporter has heard a powerful explosion shake the center of the capital of the restive Russian region of Chechnya and seen people injured by the blast.
The explosion detonated near Grozny's drama theater about 6 p.m. Wednesday. The AP reporter saw one person who appeared gravely wounded and two others with light injuries.
There was no immediate official word on what caused the explosion. The ITAR-Tass news agency quoted a law enforcement source as saying it was a terrorist act.
Chechnya has been wracked by two wars between separatists and Russian forces since 1994, and scattered violence and clashes continue even though full-scale offensives have stopped.
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