4 Russian policemen killed in N Caucasus

09:09, June 17, 2010      

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The headquarters of Russian combined federal forces said Wednesday that three militants and four policemen have been killed in a battle in the turbulent North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, the Interfax news agency reported.

The three alleged gang members were killed in the Kostek village in the Khasavyurt district of the republic. Three other security forces personnel were also wounded in the shootout.

A large quantity of weapons and ammunition were seized.

Also on Wednesday, the Dagestani interior ministry said four other militants inside a car were killed during a routine inspection outside Derbent at around 11:30 a.m. Moscow time (0730 GMT).

Identities of the militants were being identified.

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 causes for violence there.

Source: Xinhua

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