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At least 13 fighters killed in gunbattle: Officials

india Updated: Jul 13, 2006 15:58 IST

Security forces battled armed militants on the eastern border of Chechnya early on Thursday, killing at least 13, federal and regional law enforcement officials said.

A group of between 20 and 30 militants were trying to cross into the neighbouring region of Dagestan when they were confronted by Chechen security forces at around 4:30 am near Nozhai-Yurt, a village about 60 kms southeast of the Chechen capital, Grozny.

Chechen and federal Interior Ministry officials said another 2 militants were detained; no casualties among Chechen law enforcement forces were reported.

Dagestan has long suffered violence by criminals and militants, some of it tied to the separatist conflict in Chechnya, some connected to political infighting, and some growing out of turf fights over fishing and other lucrative economic activities.