"Yesterday, we received information about the presence of a group of about 20 bandits near Ishkhoi-Yurt village (the Nozhai-Yurt district). Four Arabs at the minimum were noticed among the bandits," Mr. Atsayev went on to say.
An operational-investigative group immediately went to the scene. "The policemen entered into a battle with the bandits. According to the preliminary information, acting chief of the district police department Aslanbek Ilyasov and a district inspector died as a result of mortal wounds," the agency's source said.
Three militants at the minimum were killed and several others were wounded, he added.
The source in Chechnya's Interior Ministry specified that Ilyasov and two policemen of the patrol-street service - Alimkhan Ozdiyev and Imran Khakiev - perished as a result of the combat encounter.