Four militants killed in Russia's North Caucasus

21:33, July 13, 2010      

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A total of four militants were killed Tuesday in two separate special operations in Russia's North Caucasus republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia.

Chechen Interior Minister Ruslan Alkhanov said two militants were found and surrounded in the mountainous area between two villages in the Vedeno district.

"When ordered to surrender their weapons and come out of the woods they opened fire using assault rifles. During the skirmish both militants were killed," said Alkhanov as quoted by the Interfax news agency, adding that rifles, machine guns, grenades and explosives were seized.

The two militants were being identified.

Meanwhile, another two militants were killed in an operation conducted in the Sunzha district of Ingushetia at around 02:30 p.m. local time (1030 GMT). Two policemen were also wounded, a third militant has been detained.

Earlier Tuesday a senior police officer in Dagestan was shot dead by unidentified assailants.

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.

Source: Xinhua


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