Five militants killed in Russia's North Caucasus

10:25, August 29, 2010      

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Five militants were killed in a special operation on Saturday in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, a local police source said.

The source told Russia media that the militants had been hiding out in a flat in Nalchik, capital city of the republic.

"Preliminary reports indicate that five militants have been killed. Nobody has been injured among the security forces," the source told Interfax news agency.

The source said the killed militants were believed to be leaders and active members of the so-called Nalchik Jamaat group, which was responsible for numerous attacks on and killings of Kabardian-Balkarian policemen and attempts to destabilize the situation in the republic.

On Friday, five militants were also killed in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan during the special operation, the republic's Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

One serviceman from the anti-riot police task force had been wounded in the operation in the Karabudakhkent district of Dagestan and later died in the hospital, the ministry told Interfax.

Russia's North Caucasus republics of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia saw an increase in violence last week with media reporting on new attacks almost every day.

Moscow has claimed to bring stability to the mainly Muslim region plagued by terrorism.

Source: Xinhua


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