Nine killed in Chechnya firefight

Nine people died overnight in armed clashes between security forces and insurgents in the war-torn south Russian region of Chechnya, Russian news agencies reported on Thursday.

Nine killed in Chechnya firefight
Five security officers, three insurgents and a passer-by were killed during the gun battle in the Urus-Martanovskiy district just after 10:00 pm Moscow time (1900 GMT) on Wednesday night, Interfax reported.

"A group of 10 to 15 men were discovered in a wood on the outskirts of the village of Alkhazurovo... An armed clash took place with law-enforcement officers," a security source was quoted as saying by Interfax.

The local resident was shot dead, while two other passengers were injured, agencies reported.

In the neighbouring North Caucasus region of Ingushetia, two Russian armoured personnel carriers were damaged in a roadside bomb explosion that left two soldiers wounded on Wednesday night, Ria news agency reported.


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