POLICE AND troops, hampered by fog and rain, were hunting three armed fugitives in one of the remotest areas of the Arctic coast of Russia yesterday, two days after the gang, who had broken out of prison, exchanged fire with their pursuers. Police told Russian media that two soldiers and a civilian were trapped in an area near Cape Schmidt, facing Alaska, nine times zones east of Moscow. Two other escapees were killed and six recaptured on Friday and only the poor weather was allowing the three to evade detection.
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Russian police hunt armed gang