8 militants killed in Chechnya: Authorities
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Last Updated: Friday, October 02, 2009, 22:31
Rostov-on-Don, (Russia): Chechen security forces on Friday killed eight militants in a two-hour gunbattle in the Russian province's south, authorities said.

Chechen police spokesman Magomed Yevloyev said the operation targeted about 20 insurgents in mountainous Nozhai-Yurt district.

Forces were searching for a dozen other gunmen, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said.

Kadyrov has claimed Chechen insurgents are on their last legs nearly a decade after the end of major fighting in two devastating separatist wars. But a recent wave of bombings and other attacks has undermined his claims and alarmed the Kremlin.

Insurgent violence also is high in neighbouring republics of the Russian Caucasus.

In Kabardino-Balkaria on Friday, insurgents travelling in a car opened fire on police when they were stopped for a document check, injuring three, local officials said. Police eventually caught up with the three suspects, surrounded their car, and were attempting to negotiate an end to the ordeal, the local Interior Ministry said.

In Dagestan, the easternmost region of the North Caucasus, one person died when a car exploded late yesterday outside a district police station in the capital, Makhachkala.

The province's Interior Ministry spokesman Mark Tolchinsky told The Associated Press that investigators believe an explosive device on the back seat detonated prematurely.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 02, 2009, 22:31

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