Two sergeants from the Militia Special Task Force (OMON) from the Khabarovsk district (Russian Far East) were injured on Wednesday as a result of an explosion in the village of Kurchaloi. As the headquarters of the Joint Group of Russian Interior Ministry in the North Caucasus reported, sixteen OMON members were returning from combat duty on foot when a nearby vacant stall blew off. As has been preliminarily established, it was exploded by a caseless distant-controlled device stuffed with chopped metal. The injured sergeants were hospitalised. On Wednesday, a non-established explosive device blew off in Grozny, 200 metres away from the building of the Leninsky Provisional Interior Department when a nine-storey collapsed building was being inspected. A 44-year-old militia lieutenant-colonel was injured. Measures are being taken to detain the persons who performed these terrorist acts. The Joint Group of the Interior Ministry also reported that in the course of the past twenty-four hours militia detachments in Chechnya were attacked by militants six times. The composite militia units from the Kaluga region (central Russia) and the Moscow region, now serving in the Zavodskoy and Oktyabrsky districts of Grozny, were shelled six times. The militiamen opened return fire.
Two ballistic missiles attacked the US Navy destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87) from the territory of Yemen. The destroyer came to the aid of the hijacked Central Park tanker of Zodiac Maritime