Caucasus Corpse Count
Three troops from Russia's Interior Forces were killed in an armed shootout with militants in Chechnya's Kurchaloi district on Friday, a source in local law enforcement told Interfax on Saturday.

In the course of a reconnaissance operation in a wooded area near the community of Niki-Khita, the servicemen ran into a band of hard boyz an illegal armed unit numbering up to 20 people. Three servicemen were killed in the ensuing shootout. The gunmen fled retreated towards the village of Avtury in the Shali district.

The scene of the clash will be examined later on Saturday.
Posted by: Dan Darling 2006-03-05