Thirteen fighters killed in Russian Caucasus

Thirteen fighters killed in Russian Caucasus Makhachkala: Russian police say 13 insurgents have been killed in the country's volatile Caucasus region, including four in an operation commanded by Chechnya's President, himself a former rebel.

A spokesman for the Interior Ministry in the republic, Magomed Deniev, said four rebels were killed today in the capital Grozny in the operation commanded by Ramzan Kadyrov.

He says seven others were killed in an operation in Chechnya's mountainous south, where insurgents shelter in the rugged territory.

It was an unusually high one-day death toll for Chechnya, where separatists have been less active than neighbouring Dagestan.

Dagestan interior ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Gananov says two insurgents were killed by police during the night in the Dagestani capital Makhachkala after opening fire on police who stopped their car.