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Russia Says Four Militants Killed In Chechnya

Russian authorities say four alleged militants have been killed and two police officers wounded in a gun battle in the North Caucasus province of Chechnya.

Law enforcement sources told Russian news agencies the shoot-out occurred after police surrounded the gunmen near the village of Sernovodskaya late on November 17.

The reports said police found three assault rifles, bomb ingredients, and two hand-held antitank grenade launchers at the site of the gun battle.

Fighting between government forces and militants persists more than a decade after Russia drove out a separatist Chechen government in the second of two devastating post-Soviet wars.

The wars spawned an Islamist insurgency that has spread from Chechnya to other mostly Muslim North Caucasus provinces.

Based on reporting by Interfax and RIA Novosti