MOSCOW, July 5 (RIA Novosti) – One soldier has been killed and three policemen injured during a clash with militants in the Urus-Martanovsky region of the North Caucasus Republic of Chechnya, police said Friday.
The shootout took place Thursday near the village of Tangi-Chu to the south of the Chechen capital Grozny, when a reconnaissance operation by security forces encountered a group of gunmen, according to a police spokesman.
The incident is the latest in a recent string of clashes in mostly calm Chechnya. Two policemen were killed and 17 injured in a firefight with militants Saturday, while two soldiers died in a roadside blast on April 28.
Chechnya was a hotbed of Islamist militancy in the 2000s after two bloody separatist wars that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, but in recent years a low-level insurgency in the North Caucasus has largely been confined to neighboring republics.
The appeal prompted a furious riposte from Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who vowed Umarov would soon be killed. “We are looking for him every day,” said Kadyrov. “He’s the devil and I am certain that we will eliminate him before the Olympics.”