3 Killed in Attacks in North Caucasus

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- A series of attacks in the North Caucasus left three people dead and four injured, officials said Monday.

A police officer died when three militants fired on a police post with a grenade launcher in the Chechen capital, Grozny, Interior Ministry officials said. The suspects escaped.

They also said a militant died in a separate gun battle with an Army reconnaissance unit in a Chechen forest. He was one of several militants who attacked the unit, and all others escaped under the cover of darkness. No soldiers were injured.

Police officials in neighboring Ingushetia, meanwhile, said a waiter was shot dead Sunday after a man burst into a cafe and began firing.

In a fourth incident, a homemade radio-controlled bomb exploded in a grocery store in Nazran on Sunday, injuring and hospitalizing two soldiers who were the apparent targets.