Clash in Chechnya leaves 8 dead, 18 wounded

AP , Monday 9 Jan 2012

In a fresh wave of armed clashes between militants and government troops in Chechnya, 8 people, mostly officers, were killed and 16 others injured

The Russian Interior Ministry says four of its officers were killed and 16 wounded during a clash with militants in the mountains of southern Chechnya

Ministry spokesman Valentin Kalyuzhny said Monday that four militants also were killed and two wounded.

The Interior Ministry said the firefight broke out Sunday when one of its battalions working with local police came upon a group of about 10 militants, but as darkness fell the surviving militants were able to slip away.

Kalyuzhny said troops resumed their search for the militants on Monday.

Chechnya fought two wars for independence against Moscow in the 1990s but has become relatively quiet in recent years as the insurgency has largely spread to neighboring republics in Russia's Caucasus.

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