CHECHEN TERRORISTS STEP UP ACTIVITIES

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GROZNY, April 9 (RIA Novosti) - Two local policemen have been killed in the Chechen capital, a source in the Interior Ministry of the North Caucasian republic said.

"At 14:15, Moscow time, on Friday the bodies of two criminal investigation officers of the Chechen Interior Ministry were discovered in a Lada office car on the bank of the Sunzha river in Leninski district of Grozny. They were found having gunshot wounds", the source said.

The policemen were gunned down and their Kalashnikov submachine guns, Makarov pistols and service ICs were stolen, he said.

Over the past 24 hours one explosion and two firings have been registered in Grozny, the source said.

"At 9:30, Moscow time, a self-made bomb was blasted under a UAZ car in the Pervomaiski street, Leninski district. Inside the car were two officers of the Grozny district interior board. Fortunately, nobody has been hit. The car was damaged", the interviewee said.

The bomb was made from a 152-millimeter artillery shell, he said.

Another incident happened at 23:10 in the Slobodskaya street.

"Unidentified persons riding a Lada car fired from submachine weapons at the police post and disappeared. None of the policemen has suffered", the interior officer said.

A similar case happened ten minutes later in the Krasnye Frontoviki street. Militants driving a UAZ car opened fire at the block post of policemen arriving from the Rostov region.

RIA Novosti learnt from the Chechen Interior Ministry that "at 23:35, Moscow time, policemen tried to stop a Lada car, found having three militants inside. The bandits showed armed resistance and attempted a flee".

By reciprocating fire one attacker was killed, another wounded and taken to the hospital. The third attacker has fled.

The bandits were found having a subbarrel grenade-thrower GP-25 with ten rounds, a Kalashnikov, a Makarov pistol, seven hand grenades, over 300 pieces of different-caliber ammunition, two fake police ICs.

None of the policemen has suffered.

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