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Explosions kill 2 in Caucasus
A woman and a 12-year-old boy died and two men were injured in four separate blasts in the North Caucasus region of Chechnya, local law-enforcement agencies said Tuesday.

The woman and the boy were killed and another woman hospitalized when an explosive device went off as they were gathering wild garlic in the Kurchaloi district, about 25 miles east of the republic's capital, Grozny.

An Interior Ministry officer was injured in a land-mine blast in the Shali district, about 12 miles southeast of Grozny, and a local resident received fragmentary wounds when an unidentified device exploded in the Nozhai-Yurt district, about 40 miles southeast of Grozny near the border with Daghestan.

Another two men were injured in a blast while gathering scrap metal in Grozny.

Investigations have been launched into the explosions.
Posted by:Dan Darling