Many police and fighters dead in N.Caucasus region

A shootout in Chechnya's capital left two policemen and a rebel dead, the Chechen Interior Ministry said Friday.

Many police and fighters dead in N.Caucasus region
A shootout in Chechnya's capital left two policemen and a rebel dead, the Chechen Interior Ministry said Friday.

Word of the shooting came a day after authorities said ambushes of Russian forces in two provinces neighboring Chechnya had left three troops dead.

The Chechen Interior Ministry said officers stopped a suspicious man on a street in Grozny on Thursday night to check his documents and that the man opened fire with a pistol and then fled to a nearby apartment.

Police surrounded the apartment building and in the subsequent shooting, two officers and the suspect were killed, the ministry said.

It later identified the man as a high-placed comrade of Doku Umarov, the leader of Chechnya's rebels.

The shooting came on the same day gunmen ambushed security forces in Russia's North Caucasus region, killing three people and wounding 17, officials said Thursday.

A convoy of elite police forces came under fire near the entrance to a highway tunnel in Dagestan on Thursday, leaving two dead, said Mark Tolchinsky, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry in the province east of war-scarred Chechnya.

Twelve people were hospitalized with injuries, but five were released later Thursday, said Kazanfar Kurbanov, chief doctor at a local hospital.

In Ingushetia, west of Chechnya, one serviceman was killed and five were wounded late Wednesday when gunmen attacked their armored personnel carrier with grenades and automatic weapons fire, the regional Interior Ministry said.

Also Thursday, a group of about 30 camouflage-clad gunmen set on fire the houses of two police officers and the local administration building in the Chechen village of Yandi, the ministry said.

Agencies
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