Russian security forces killed at least seven suspected insurgents in Chechnya on Wednesday, a spokesman for the region's Moscow-backed leader said.
"According to preliminary information, seven militants have been killed," Kadyrov's spokesman Alvi Karimov told reporters in the Chechen capital Grozny.
He said an aide to high-ranking Chechen warlord Hussein Gakayev was among those killed near Vedeno, a village some 50 km (31 miles) south-east of Grozny.
Muslim insurgents, seeking to create an independent state in Russia-held mostly Muslim North Caucasus, are battling Russian forces decade after Moscow seized the power of Muslim region of Chechnya.
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