11 militants killed in clash in Russia's Caucasus

11 militants killed in clash in Russia`s Caucasus Rostov-On-Don (Russia): Russia's Interior Ministry says 11 suspected Islamic militants have been killed and one police officer was wounded in fighting in the volatile southern province of Ingushetia.

Ministry spokesman in Ingushetia Madina Khadzieva said today the fighting erupted after police surrounded a group of militants in the forested mountains near the administrative border with Chechnya.

The fighting yesterday was one of the largest clashes between federal forces and militants in Russia's troubled North Caucasus in recent months.

Full-scale fighting between separatist insurgents and government forces in Chechnya ended in the early 2000s, but Islamic militants have mounted regular raids against authorities throughout the restive North Caucasus.