Militant chief killed in southern Russia

09:55, January 11, 2010      

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Russian police killed a militant leader in the troubled North Caucasus republic of Dagestan in a security operation on Sunday, Russian news agencies reported.

"The person killed during a special operation has been preliminarily identified as Madrid Begov, leader of the Makhachkala and Shamkhal sabotage and terrorist group," a local police spokesman was quoted as saying.

The militant chief was trapped in a house near Makhachkala, capital of Dagestan, on Sunday morning. The police stormed the house and shot him dead after he refused to surrender, the spokesman said.

Begov has been wanted for attempting to murder a senior security officer in Makhachkala in April, 2009.

Russia's mainly-Muslim North Caucasus republics, especially Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, have seen a rise in insurgency lately. Five policemen were killed in a suicide bombing in Makhachkala on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua
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