Soldiers and police clashed in Chechnya

Four Russian soldiers were killed in the southern province of Chechnya in a crossfire between soldiers and traffic inspectors in a flare-up of tensions between military and police forces in the war-scarred region, reports said Thursday.

Soldiers and police clashed in Chechnya
Four Russian soldiers were killed in the southern province of Chechnya in a crossfire between soldiers and traffic inspectors in a flare-up of tensions between military and police forces in the war-scarred region, reports said Thursday.

A Russian-made UAZ van was stopped Wednesday night on a highway near the Chechen capital of Grozny for a registration check when an army officer was found drunk behind the wheel, a regional police source said.

'He would not agree to inspections, it seems. Rushing up to help (the driver), the soldiers wounded three policemen, including two officers,' the source, who was not identified, told Interfax.

Local traffic police and special forces arrived to bring order to the situation. In the ensuing crossfire, four people were killed. All were soldiers in the army's Zapad battalion.

Six were taken to hospital with injuries, including three Zapad soldiers and three policemen.

Last Mod: 21 Haziran 2007, 15:02
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