| GEO World|
| 3 killed in explosion staged by rebels in Chechnya|
| Updated at: 1218 PST, Wednesday, May 13, 2009|
CHECHNYA: The Russian Interior Ministry's branch in Chechnya says rebels planted explosive device killed two police officers and a civilian.
It says in a statement that the explosion occurred Wednesday near the village of Belgatoi in the Vedeno region in southern Chechnya's mountains. Investigators believe the explosive device was attached to a vehicle the victims were riding in.
The Kremlin last month formally ended a federal counter terrorism operation in Chechnya, which has seen two bloody separatist wars in the past 15 years. But insurgents continue to stage sporadic attacks on troops and authorities in Chechnya despite increased stability under Kremlin-backed regional President Ramzan Kadyrov.