Three militants killed in Russia's Chechnya

21:17, June 12, 2010      

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The leader of Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya said Saturday three insurgents had been killed in a mountainous area.

The militants were found and surrounded Friday night in a forest by police and security forces. A shootout occurred when they refused to surrender, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov said.

Kadyrov earlier vowed to continue a month-long campaign against insurgents, targeting another two major leaders after the death of a notorious gang chief, Yasir Amarat.

Violence is common in Russia's mainly Muslim North Caucasus republics, especially Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, with militants frequently targeting police and officials as representatives of Russian authorities.

Moscow recently made economic improvements in the region to prevent locals from joining terrorists. The Kremlin has vowed to tackle the problems of unemployment, clan rivalry and corruption in the region, which are viewed as the reasons for violence there.

Source: Xinhua

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