Six Dead, including Two Russian Policemen, in North Caucasus
Six people were killed including two Russian police officers in overnight attacks in the Caucasus republics of Chechnya and North Ossetia, news agencies reported Thursday citing police.
Gunmen threw grenades at a police post stationed on the border between the republics of Ingushetia and North Ossetia before opening fire with automatic weapons, leaving two Russian policemen killed and three injured.
Two of the gunmen were also killed in the battle, ITAR-TASS said, suggesting that the attackers had come from Chechnya.
Two rebels were killed during a clash with federal forces in the southern Alkhazurova village, the Russian command in Chechnya told ITAR-TASS.
A number of civilians were hospitalized Wednesday after being injured by explosive devices planted by rebels, Interfax reported.
Two landmines wounded local farmers and another one exploded under a civilian car, the Russian military told the news agency.
Separately, Russian warplanes and attack helicopters staged more than 30 raids over the separatist province in the latest 24-hour span, concentrating on Chechnya's southern mountains where most of the remaining rebels are thought to be based.
Russia has been fighting a 14-month war against the rebels in Chechnya since launching a self-styled "anti-terrorist" operation in the troubled republic on October 1, 1999 – MOSCOW (AFP)
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