Four militants killed in Russia`s North Caucasus
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 23, 2010, 21:38
Makhachkala: Four suspected militants were killed in two separate police raids in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, police said on Saturday.

In Dagestan, two men holed up in a house in the village of Komsomolskoye early today. Police shot one dead when he tried to escape while the other was killed in a shootout, Dagestan police spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov said.

In Ingushetia, police shot and killed two militants in a car chase, police spokeswoman Madina Khadziyeva said, adding the men were later identified as being wanted on terrorism charges. Police found two machine guns and ammunition inside their men's car.

Islamic insurgents who want to set up an independent Shariah state have spread across Russia's predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region after two separatist wars in Chechnya.

Dagestan and other North Caucasus provinces suffer daily violence linked to the insurgency.

Authorities in the area have cracked down on insurgents, but human rights activists say security forces are fuelling the violence with their extra-judicial killings, kidnappings and torture of suspects and their relatives.


First Published: Saturday, October 23, 2010, 21:38

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