News in Brief

5 Injured in Ingushetia

Assailants armed with machine guns and grenade launchers attacked a convoy of Interior Ministry troops in Ingushetia, injuring five soldiers, police investigators said Saturday.

The assailants attacked the convoy consisting of 21 ministry troops late Friday, while it was traveling on a road in the Nazran region of the republic, investigators said. No arrests have been made.

Investigators said two of the injured servicemen were in critical condition. (AP)

Subs to Visit Baikal's Bottom

Russia is preparing to send two manned submarines to the bottom of the world's deepest lake in an attempt to learn more about its unique ecosystem, the expedition's organizer said Friday.

The two small submersibles will descend more than 1.6 kilometers to the bottom of Lake Baikal, where they will conduct a host of geological and biological tests, organizer Anatoly Sagalevich said on Russian television Friday.

The two submersible vehicles, Mir-1 and Mir-2, underwent final tests on Friday and will make their first test dives on Tuesday, Sagalevich. They will make 60 dives in all, Sagalevich said. (AP)

3 Police Officers Shot Dead

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- Three traffic police officers were shot dead in the North Caucasus republic of Karachayevo-Cherkessia, authorities said Friday.

Gunmen entered a restaurant where the officers were eating after work Thursday and opened fire, the regional Interior Ministry said. A bystander was also injured in the shooting, and the attackers escaped with two of the officers' handguns, the ministry said.

There was no word Friday on a motive. (AP)

Uzbek Charged Over Metal

Prosecutors in Astrakhan have charged an Uzbek man involved in trade with Iran with trying to smuggle a metal that can be used for weapons of mass destruction or delivery systems to the Islamic republic.

The metal in question is tantalum, the Prosecutor General's Office said Thursday. It can be used in the production of chemical processing equipment, nuclear reactors and missile parts, and is subject to export restrictions. (AP)