21 May 2018, 11:46
Two policemen, churchgoer killed in special operation to eliminate militants in Grozny
Moscow, May 21, Interfax - According to updated information, two policemen and one parishioner were killed in militants' attack on St. Michael the Archangel's Church in downtown Grozny and a special operation to eliminate them, a representative of law enforcement agencies told Interfax on Saturday.
"According to latest information, two policemen were killed and two more injured. In addition, a parishioner was killed and another one injured," the representative said.
The deceased policemen were seconded from the Saratov Region to Chechnya, he said.
"The criminals were armed with ten bottle bombs and a sawed-off double-barrel shotgun, which they used to open fire," the representative of law enforcement agencies said.
The militants also had guns, knives and small axes.
He confirmed that the special operation took a few minutes and that Chechen head Ramzan Kadyrov controlled it.
Meanwhile, Russian Interior Ministry spokesperson Irina Volk extended condolences on behalf of the ministry's leadership and personnel on the death of two policemen. "The Russian Interior Ministry's leadership and personnel have extended deep condolences to the families and loved ones of the policemen killed in the line of duty. Their families will receive all necessary assistance," Volk said.