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29 Aug, 2007 11:21

Five service men killed in southern Russia

Two border guards have been killed in Russia’s Southern Republic of Ingushetia. Three more died in a car crash earlier in the day.

Two border guards came under fire as they approached the city of Nazran in the West of the republic.

The gunmen fled the scene following the attack. All roads in the area have been blocked as the search for the attackers continues.

Earlier in the day, three people were killed and another injured after a vehicle collided with an armoured carrier it was traveling with.

The Interior Ministry’s military convoy was heading from Vladikavkaz to Nazran.

On the approach to Nazran, a car that was accompanying the convoy attempted to overtake it by going on the wrong side of the road. To avoid a head-on collision with an approaching car it neared the armoured carrier.

As a result of the ensuing collision the vehicle overturned and caught fire.

Three servicemen inside the car were killed and one injured.