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GROZNY, December 18. /TASS/. Five militants were killed in a special operation in a Grozny suburb, Head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov, who led the operation, told journalists on Sunday.
According to Kadyrov, these five were among those who had committed crimes in Grozny on Saturday evening and overnight to Sunday. The five had weapons they had earlier seized from a policeman.
The special operation was conducted in a mountainous area several kilometers away from Grozny. The entire group was neutralized. Its members are being identified.
Kadyrov stressed that tough measures are needed against those who assault the lives of law enforcers and civilians. In his words, the situation in the republic is stable and calm.
Earlier in the day, a source in the local law enforcement agencies told TASS a group of up to four militants had been blocked in a private house in the settlement of Kaprinka in Grozny’s Staropromyslovsky district.
The source told TASS, Chechen police were after three militants who had managed to hide after an attack on policemen in Grozny on December 17. Police say these men had joined the terrorist group Islamic State, which is outlawed in Russia.
Kadyrov told journalists on Saturday that a group of militants had attacked policemen in Grozny on December 17. The militants ran down a traffic police officer who had tried to stop their car. After that, they opened gunfire at the policy and tried to flee the scene. Four militants were killed in a shootout that followed the incident. Two were wounded and taken to hospital.