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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Killed in Grozny Shootout

A rebel leader and a pro-Moscow security commander died in a dawn shootout Saturday between federal forces and Islamist guerrillas in Chechnya, a Chechen official said.

Chechnya's chief prosecutor, Valery Kuznetsov, identified the dead rebel as Yunus Akhmadov. He had not previously been named as a prominent rebel.

"We have information that Akhmadov was the leader of a Grozny terrorist cell," Kuznetsov said. "This information is being checked."

The rebel web site confirmed that a rebel called Yunus Akhmadov died in the shootout in Grozny, but did not say he was a commander. Russia has always described the web site as inaccurate.

Kuznetsov said Saipudy Larsanov, head of one of Grozny's security agencies, also died in the raid on a house where Akhmadov was hiding.

Also Saturday, unknown attackers opened fire on a team of combat engineers inspecting an area in the Shalinsky district in Chechnya's mountains, killing one officer and wounding another, Chechnya's Interior Ministry said.

A police officer was injured in a car bombing Sunday in another volatile southern province, Kabardino-Balkaria.

In neighboring Ingushetia, rebels used grenade launchers to attack a base used by the 503rd Motorized regiment early Friday. Federal officials said no one was injured, while the rebel web site said the attack had killed 13 soldiers and injured another 25.

Reuters, AP