Russian officials say a landmine planted on a road in the breakaway southern republic of Chechnya has killed a Russian army officer and his driver, and wounded at least two others riding in the vehicle.

Interior Ministry officials say the blast occurred Saturday in the Shali district in southeastern Chechnya.

They say the vehicle was carrying members of a compensation commission on their way to a town Duba-Yurt to assess damage done to houses by military operations.

Russian news reports say an investigation has been launched to find those responsible for the attack.