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Chechen Police Battle Rebels Before Putin Address to Nation

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Militants attacked a police outpost in the Chechen capital Grozny, sparking the region’s deadliest fighting since 2010 hours before Russian President Vladimir Putin began his annual speech to both houses of parliament.

Three cars of armed men attacked a traffic-police post and were then surrounded by authorities in the House of Press in downtown Grozny, according to Russia’s National Anti-Terrorist Committee. Ten police officers died and 28 were wounded in the fighting, a spokesman for the committee said by phone from Moscow. Ten militants were killed, the spokesman said, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with policy.