Four police killed in shootout in Russian Caucasus
Four police and three suspected rebels were killed Wednesday in a shootout in the Russian Caucasus region of Dagestan, a police spokeswoman told AFP.
The shootout took place as police surrounded suspected rebels in a village in the Khasavyurtovsky district in northern Dagestan, the spokeswoman for the Dagestan interior ministry said.
Dagestan, in the volatile North Caucasus region in the south of Russia, has been the site of regular attacks against security services.
The local pro-Kremlin authorities in Dagestan, Ingushetia and other North Caucasus regions are battling to defeat an Islamist insurgency that has already killed scores of civilians and police.
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