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Russian troops killed 12 suspected insurgents in Chechnya, Interfax news agency said on Thursday.
"During a special operation in the mountains of Chechnya, twelve fighters were killed," Interfax quoted an unnamed Interior Ministry spokesman as saying. One law enforcement official was also killed, Interfax said.
The operation started on Wednesday and was still going on, Moscow-backed Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov was quoted by Interfax as saying.
In two wars, Russian forces attacked Chechnya, first in 1994-1996 and again beginning in 1999. 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.
The special operation was going on in the Vedeno district, one of the regions hardest hit by the wars that followed the fall of the Soviet Union.Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2013, 18:06