Ten Russian servicemen were wounded when an unknown assailant detonated a remote-controlled mine on a highway in southern Russia, police said Tuesday.
The soldiers were in a military convoy traveling on the Kavkaz highway in the republic of Ingushetia when a mine exploded, hitting trucks but causing no injuries, said Alexei Polyansky, spokesman for the southern branch of the Russian Interior Ministry. A second mine was detonated after police arrived on the scene, and 10 soldiers were wounded, two of them seriously, he said.
The incident occurred in the vicinity of the regional capital, Magas. The territory neighbors Chechnya, where separatist rebels have been fighting Russian forces for most of the past decade.
Russia's Ambassador to Belarus, Mikhail Babich, said that Moscow would treat any military intervention in the affairs of Belarus as an attack on Russia