Special Purpose Police Unit (OMON) and Special Rapid-Reaction Unit (SOBR) members clashed briefly in Chechnya's Achkhoi-Matan on Tuesday, October 27. Reports indicate that personnel from the two units engaged in a shoot-out, resulting in one SOBR officer and a civilian passer-by being killed, and several others wounded. It was not immediately clear why the clashes broke out, and investigations have been launched into the incident.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in Achkhoi-Matan in the immediate term, along with associated disruptions.
Those in Achkhoi-Matan are advised to avoid the area of the incident in the near term and plan alternative routes where possible. Travelers should remain vigilant for further clashes, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.
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