Two Chechen rebels have been killed in a clash with servicemen of the Russian Interior Ministry. According to the regional staff of the anti-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus, the skirmish took place the other day in the Shali district near the village of Avtury. A reconnaissance unit of the Russian Interior Force came under hostile small-arms and rocket-launcher fire. Three soldiers were wounded. The unit opened return fire leaving two rebels dead. At the scene, soldiers found Kalashnikov assault rifles and ammunition.