Chechen Gun Battle Erupts Hours Before Putin Addresses Nation

December 4, 2014 9:21 AM

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Deadly fighting in the Chechen capital of Grozny erupted hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to give his annual speech to both houses of parliament today.

Six insurgents have been killed and others are surrounded, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said on his Instagram account. At least ten police officers died in fighting and 20 were injured, Interfax reported, citing an unidentified law-enforcement official.

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