5 Russian servicemen killed in car shootout in Chechnya

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GROZNY, September 21 (RIA Novosti) - Five Russian Interior Ministry servicemen were killed in the Chechen capital Thursday as the car in which they were riding came under fire, a source in the republic's law-enforcement authorities said.

One of the servicemen died while an ambulance was taking him to hospital.

"There is every reason to believe this was an ambush, and that the criminals made their escape in a car," Chechen prosecutor Valery Kuznetsov said.

Criminal proceedings have been launched and an investigation is underway.

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