MOSCOW (AP) — Police in the Russian Caucasus region of Ingushetia say one person has been injured when an automobile exploded near a mosque in the region's main city.
The explosion took place Friday afternoon in Nazran, the Ingush Interior Ministry said. The cause of the blast had not been immediately confirmed.
Ingushetia is the western neighbor of Chechnya. Although it avoided much of the violence of the two separatist wars that devastated Chechnya in the past two decades, Ingushetia has suffered attacks on police and soldiers and a high crime rate.
The Russian Caucasus republics also experience tensions between different strains of Islam.
The mosque that was near Friday's blast is led by an imam whom Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov has harshly criticized for adherence to doctrines of the Salafi sect, in contrast to the Sufi Islam that is experiencing a revival in Chechnya under Kadyrov.