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“The (posthumous) nomination of the policemen for state awards is being considered now,” it said.
Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev told a meeting of the ministry’s board on Thursday that the policemen displayed high professionalism, courage and heroism and died while performing their professional duties.
The family of each policeman will receive a million rubles (over $18 thousand) at the instruction of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.
At about 01:00 a.m. Moscow Time Thursday (22:00 UTC Wednesday) a group of unknown assailants driving three cars attacked a traffic police checkpoint in Grozny. Then militants penetrated the Press House where republican newspapers, web publications and offices of federal media are based, and a school.
Law enforcers blocked the buildings, and a counterterrorism operation was launched in downtown Grozny. Russia’s National Antiterrorism Committee (NAC) told TASS Thursday that 10 militants were neutralized as a result of the operation in Grozny.