12 militants killed in Russia’s Chechnya

Daily Times – MOSCOW Security forces in Russia’s Chechnya region in the North Caucasus killed 12 militants in several different operations, officials said Thursday. Four were killed in a raid on an apartment building in Chechen capital Grozny just after midnight on Thursday, investigators said. “Chechen interior ministry officers blocked four members of an illegal armed band in the apartment on the first floor who showed armed resistance and were destroyed by return fire,” said the regional branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee. Apartment building raids are controversial in the North Caucasus as civilians often get caught in the crossfire, and insurgency-affiliated Kavkazcenter website claimed residents were not warned and sustained injuries. Read Article