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GROZNY, February 14 (Itar-Tass) —— A chase for militants is in progress in the mountains in eastern Chechnya, Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov told reporters in Grozny on Tuesday.
“Our reconnaissance units traced a group of militants in the direct proximity to the administrative border with Dagestan. Judging by the initial reports, there are five to seven members in the group,” he said. “The second regiment of the Chechen Interior Ministry and some other law enforcers were sent to the location. The area is being blocked. The operation takes place under extremely difficult conditions. The snow blanket in the mountains is nearly 1.5 meters thick. The weather is bad and foggy,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we had casualties. Three policemen died and six were injured in a clash. We have no updated information about the militants’ casualties as of yet,” Kadyrov said.
“The reconnaissance said that the militants were led by certain Magarbi Timeraliyev,” he said.
“Police operations will also be held along the Ingush border. We must deny militants a chance to jump from one territory to another,” he said.
“The search for militants will be constant, and Spetsnaz groups will be permanently deployed at bases in woody highlands. The groups are made up of volunteers only. The number of applicants for joining the second regiment named after Ahmad Kadyrov exceeds 10,000,” he said.