Four militants killed in Russia's Chechnya

08:38, March 18, 2010      

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Russian police killed four militants in the troubled southern republic of Chechnya, Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday, citing Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

A group of militants were trapped as police conducted an operation in a mountainous and wooded area in the Vedeno district, Kadyrov was quoted as saying.

The gunmen put up armed resistance and four of them were gunned down, he said.

Russia's restive North Caucasus republics, particularly Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, have been plagued by violence stemming from Islamist militants and criminal groups.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev highlighted security and economic problems in the Muslim-dominated regions late last year and ordered measures to end militant violence, clan rivalries, and pervasive corruption there.

Source: Xinhua
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