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Police officer, two militants killed in Russia's Chechnya

08-09-2010 10:04 BJT

MOSCOW. Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Two militants were killed in a special security operation in Chechnya's capital of Grozny, where a police officer was killed and another was injured, Russian media reported Sunday.

"Two militants have been eliminated," Interfax news agency quoted Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov as saying.

The dead militants have been identified, who were Anzor Elmurzayev and Elbrus Ibragimov, Kadyrov said.

During the operation, one police was killed and another one wounded, a local police source told RIA Novosti news agency.

Violence is common in Russia's mainly Muslim North Caucasus republics, especially Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, with militants frequently targeting police and officials as representing the Russian authorities.

Moscow has pledged to wage a ruthless fight against militant groups while claiming to tackle unemployment, clan rivalry and corruption viewed as the reasons for violence in the region.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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