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Policemen killed in shootout with Chechen militants

Five policemen have been killed and seven more injured in a shootout with militants in Russia’s Southern Republic of Chechnya.

The incident occurred on Thursday. Policemen on a reconnaissance mission discovered a group of 15 militants, who put up resistance.

“The militants attempted to break out of the encirclement and there was a shootout between them and the policemen,” Itar-Tass quotes a source in the republic’s Interior Ministry.