Chechnya: Rebels attack president's home village

Chechnya: Rebels attack president's home village

Via AP:

A shootout between the Chechen president's personal protection detail and suspected separatist insurgents has left 19 people dead, including five civilians, officials and media reports said.

At least 12 suspected insurgents and two security officers were killed when the rebels entered Tsentoroi, Ramzan Kadyrov's home village, early Sunday, his spokesman Alvi Karimov told The Associated Press. TV reports said five civilians were killed in the crossfire.

Kadyrov, who is thought to regularly supervise security operations in the field, was in the village at the time and directed the counter-offensive, Karimov said.