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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chechen Attacker Shot

MOSCOW -- Russian police and gunmen staged a predawn shootout Thursday on the volatile border with Chechnya, and one assailant was killed, news reports said.

Police also detained one attacker following the gun battle, which broke out in the morning in the Kizlyar district of Dagestan, just across from Chechnya, Interfax reported.

A group of attackers fired automatic rifles and grenade launchers at a police checkpoint, and the officers returned fire, the reports said.

In related developments, a police officer was kidnapped in Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya. The victim, Timur Yevloyev, was believed to have been taken to Chechnya, Itar-Tass said.