Six killed in Chechnya clashes amid upsurge of violence

Two separate militant attacks in Russia's Chechnya region killed three police officers and three civilians, a law enforcement official said Sunday. A fourth officer was seriously wounded in one of the attacks, the latest in a moderate upsurge in the violence clouding the predominantly Muslim province's recovery from two devastating wars, the official said. Two police and two civilians were killed Saturday in a clash that erupted when they came under fire in the southern Shatoi district during an operation aimed at persuading militants to surrender, the Chechen Interior Ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give his name for attribution. The civilians were relatives of militants in the area, he said.