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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

20 Militants Killed in Chechen Fighting

ROSTOV-ON-DON — Government forces killed more than 20 militants in Chechnya on Friday, law enforcement authorities said.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said it was possible that Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov was among those killed in the fighting in the province’s southern mountains. Kadyrov said one of the dead was identified as a comrade who has often been at Umarov’s side, according to his office, but he cited no other evidence and said forensics experts would seek to identify other victims.

In Dagestan, a bomb blast at a village cemetery killed three civilians — the widow, sister and daughter of a police officer who was among the victims of nearly daily attacks on law enforcement authorities in the province, regional Interior Ministry spokesman Mark Tolchinsky said. The attack appeared to be the work of militants, he said.