Two militants have been killed in a shoot-out with Interior servicemen in Grozny. The Russian Interior Ministry reported on Thursday that last morning a radio-controlled land mine went off the moment an Ural truck and an armoured personnel carrier with Interior servicemen on board went down a motor road in a Grozny district. The servicemen immediately came under gunfire. Two bandits were killed in a shoot-out that followed. The killed turned out to be unemployed local residents aged 27 and 20. A Makarov pistol was found with one of them. No servicemen were injured.
Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.