Anti-terror official killed in Russia's restive Caucasus

12th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

A key anti-terror official has died in a skirmish with militants in the volatile Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria where Russian forces are locked in a war of attrition with Islamist militants, police said Sunday.

Khasan Bogatyryov, deputy head of the regional interior ministry's anti-extremism department, was killed during the latest security sweep in the town of Baksan, a police spokeswoman told AFP.

The spokeswoman, Marina Kyasova, declined to elaborate, saying the security operation was continuing.

Russia is fighting a simmering Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, where it fought two wars with Chechen separatists in the 1990s, and attacks on police and government officials in the region are a near-daily occurrence.

Kabardino-Balkaria, which is known for its ski resorts, is located near the volatile regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia but has until recently seen less violence.

© 2011 AFP

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