11 gunmen killed in clashes with police in Russia's Chechnya
Iran Press TV
Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:30PM
Security forces in the Russian region of Chechnya have clashed with suspected militants, killing at least 11 gunmen.
Regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov said Sunday that police killed four gunmen and captured two others after a group of gunmen attempted to target police forces in the provincial capital, Grozny.
"The gunmen were neutralized with retaliation fire. Two of them were taken to hospital and four were killed. An investigation group is working on the scene trying to identify the gunmen," he said.
Kadyrov said seven other militants were also killed after police forces hunted them down in an operation on the outskirts of Grozny. He added a total of six militants were wounded in clashes while a traffic police officer was also injured.
He said most of the clashes took place outside Grozny, denying speculations that there were more clashes and an explosion in Grozny's central districts on Sunday.
"The situation in the city is quiet. Road traffic is functioning as usual," Kadyrov said, adding, "None of these devils will get out alive if they enter Grozny with weapons."
The regional leader also posted a video online showing police forces chasing militants. Bodies of those killed were shown in the video lying in the snow following the clash.
Chechnya has seen two separatist wars with Russia over the past decades. The region is currently stable but Moscow fears that the return of thousands of nationals who have left Chechnya for Iraq and Syria to join terror groups could pose serious security threats to the country.
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