Explosion Kills 7 During Ingush Raid

NAZRAN, Ingushetia -- Four policemen and three suspected rebels were killed Thursday when a residential building exploded during a police raid in Ingushetia, officials said.

The two-story building in Nazran exploded when special forces officers forced entry to detain a group of suspected rebels, said a police officer at the scene. "Three special forces officers died at the scene, and another died later in the hospital," the officer said.

The bodies of three suspected rebels were later pulled from the rubble, an investigator said on condition of anonymity. "They were suicide bombers who the police were looking for," he said.

The standoff began when police who arrived to check the building early in the morning were fired on from a window, the police officer said. The building was quickly surrounded, and special forces attempted to storm it two hours later.

Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said explosives equivalent to one ton of TNT destroyed the building.