Bomb Explodes at Police Checkpoint

A bomb exploded on Friday at a police checkpoint in Ingushetia but no one was hurt, Itar-Tass reported.

Local law enforcement officials said a second homemade bomb, made from a hand grenade and a mobile phone, was found after the blast near the checkpoint situated outside the village of Troitskaya, Itar-Tass reported.

A roadside bomb damaged two federal armored personnel carriers in Ingushetia on Wednesday.

Ingushetia has seen a rise in violence, including attacks on police and the military. Ingush authorities blame Muslim radicals, both local and crossing from neighboring Chechnya, for the attacks. Their opponents say the new bout of violence is a result of the local government's ineffective and repressive policies.

In Chechnya, which has been relatively calm in the past few years, nine people died late Wednesday in clashes between security forces and separatist rebels.