The Interior Ministry of Chechnya has announced a female suicide bomber has blown herself up not far from a police station checkpoint in Grozny, the capital.

Iran Press/ Europe: Acting head of the Chechen Interior Ministry "Apti Alaudinov" told reporters on Saturday, on the outskirts of Grozny an unknown young woman detonated explosives attached to herself.

No police officers or civilians sustained any injuries in the incident.

Alaudinov noted further that the incident took place at about 4:00 p.m. local time (13:00 GMT) when the young woman came to the federal police post ignoring officers' demands to stop. She staged the blast after warning shots.

Police general Apti Alaudinov said officers became suspicious as the suspected suicide bomber approached the checkpoint, according to the Russian state-operated RIA news agency.

Investigators are now trying to identify the attacker and looking for her possible accomplices. The incident has not resulted in additional security measures in the city.

According to a source cited by the news agency Interfax, the suicide bomber was not a Chechen national.

The last suicide bombing at a checkpoint in Grozny had been reported in May 2016, when Chechen police stated that six police officers had been wounded as a result of a suicide attack in the Chechnya region.

The once restive province of Chechnya has been mostly calm in recent years under the iron rule of regional strongman Ramzan Kadyrov after Moscow fought two wars with separatists in the 1990s and 2000s following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

However, in August militants staged a series of attacks on police targets in Chechnya and Islamic State claimed responsibility, without providing any evidence.


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