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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Two roadside explosions in Russia”s Ingushetia region near Chechnya injured a police officer on Saturday, and a separate blast hit a regional gas pipeline, officials and media said.

Two makeshift roadside bombs went off in the Ingush city of Malgobek when the police officer was driving to work in his car, a local interior ministry spokesman said.

Another bomb exploded near a gas pipeline on Ingushetia”s border with the southern Russian region of North Ossetia, Interfax news agency quoted regional sources as saying.

No other details on the pipeline were immediately available.

Violence from a decade-long war by Chechen rebels against Russian troops has increasingly spilled over into neighboring regions such as Ingushetia and Dagestan.

Police and troops die daily in Chechnya, and reports of blasts across the North Caucasus are common.

The latest blasts occurred less than a month after Ingushetia”s Prime Minister Ibrahim Malsagov survived an assassination attempt.

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