Five militants killed in Russia's Dagestan

10:17, June 16, 2011      

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Five militants, including a militant leader, were eliminated in two separate shootouts in Russia's volatile North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan, the Russian National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAC) said on Wednesday.

The NAC said four militants fired at local law enforcement officers from a car at about 01:00 a.m. Moscow time on Wednesday near the village of Achisu after a squad of policemen asked them to stop.

"Policemen returned fire to the militants and all the gunmen were eliminated," the NAC said.

Another shootout occurred at 10:45 p.m. Moscow time on Tuesday in the republic's city of Kaspiiskk, the NAC said, adding that the leader of a local militant group Rustam Radzhabov was killed in the operation.

According to the NAC, Radzhabov, 25, offered an armed resistance to the police officers, killing one and wounding other two in the exchange of fire.

Police officers found a pistol and a grenade on Radzhabov after the operation, the NAC said.

According to the NAC, Radzhabov has involved in a series of terror attacks, extortions, and killing of civilians, military and law enforcement officials in the region.

Violence is common in the North Caucasus republics of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia with militants frequently mounting attacks targeting police officers and authorities.

Moscow has vowed to bring stability to the region via improving social services and raising pensions and salaries as measures to tackle corruption and terror infiltration.

Source: Xinhua
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