According to the source, during a patrol on Saturday in the Vedeno district in southern Chechnya, the police encountered a group of militants in a forest near the village of Mesedoi. Two policemen were killed and one police officer was wounded during the fighting.
The militants seized weapons from the scene of fighting: a Kalashnikov machine gun, three pistols, two Kalashnikov automatic rifles, and a sniper rifle, and also 30 rounds for rifle-attached grenade launchers, the source said.
Large-scale military operations are over in the North Caucasus republic, but separatists continue to carry out raids on federal troops and Kremlin-backed police and authorities. Violence often spills into neighboring Russian regions.