Two militants killed in Russia's Ingushetia

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Two militants suspected of terrorist attacks on police officers and civilians were killed at Russia's turbulent North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, local media reported Sunday.

A shootout was initiated by these suspects late Saturday near the regional capital of Nazran, after the militants refused to stop their car for a tipped investigation, the RIA Novosti news agency reported citing police source. Both were killed by return fire of police officers.

The two suspects whose names were not released were allegedly responsible for a recent attack on police officers on July 20 in addition to killings of local civilians.

In another republic of Dagestan, the regional Interior Ministry said Sunday that a terror plot was foiled in the Kizilyurt district as police officers found and detonated an improvised explosive device, with an estimated power of five to six kg of TNT.

The bomb was found at Shamil Street near a grocery store in the village of Komsomolskoye, the Interfax news agency reported.

On Friday Dagestani authorities released an ultimatum to the militants, demanding them to stop their terrorist attacks or face elimination.

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

Moscow claimed to tackle the problem of unemployment, clan rivalry and corruption as these are viewed as the reasons for violence in the region.

Source: Xinhua

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