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.