GROZNY, Russia, June 16 (UPI) -- Police in Chechnya said Saturday they broke up a plot to assassinate Ramzan Kadyrov, the president of the volatile Russian republic.
Two separatist militants were killed Friday night by officers sent to arrest them in the capital, Grozny, in an operation Grozny police said was under Kadyrov's personal supervision.
"Two militants, who arrived in Grozny upon orders from separatist leader Doku Umarov to carry out a terrorist attack against … Kadyrov, were killed," police said in a statement.
Russia's RIA Novosti news service said an informant tipped police off about the suspects, whose identities were unknown and who were allegedly on a suicide-bombing mission.
The suspects were intercepted on the outskirts of a wooded area and were carrying explosives and guns, police said.