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One military serviceman has been killed and five wounded in firing and engagement with a bandit group in Chechnya
One military serviceman has been killed and five wounded in firing and engagement with a bandit group in Chechnya, the republic’s law enforcement agencies told Itar-Tass on Wednesday. Interior Troops servicemen on Tuesday engaged in combat with a bandit group of about 20 men during a reconnaissance and search operation in the forest on the outskirts of the Zhani-Vedeno settlement. One serviceman was killed and one wounded in the battle. Two gunmen were killed; their identities are being verified. “The rest managed to escape,” according to a police official. On the same day, unknown perpetrators opened fire from grenade launchers on the outskirts of the Agishty settlement of the Shali district on soldiers of the Defence Ministry that were returning to their permanent stationing place after conducting engineer reconnaissance of the terrain. Four soldiers were wounded in the attack. Besides, the police source said, soldiers of the Defence Ministry spotted a bandit group of six members in a forest five kilometres from the Itum-Kala district centre. “A sharpshooter wounded one of them, after which mortar fire was opened on the route of the possible movement of the militants. There were no casualties among the ministry’s personnel,” according to the source.
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