Militant, policeman killed in Russian Caucasus: report
A suspected militant and a policeman have been killed in a shoot-out in Russia's volatile North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.
"A police unit wanted to check the documents of the passengers of a car, when the police were opened fire on from the vehicle," a spokesman for the region's interior ministry told Interfax.
A militant inside the vehicle was killed when police returned fire and a policeman died from injuries sustained in the attack on his way to hospital, the spokesman said.
The Kremlin has been fighting insurgents in the North Caucasus since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, waging a war in 1994-1996 against separatist rebels in Chechnya, which neighbours Dagestan to the west.
After a second war in Chechnya in 1999, the rebellion's inspiration moved towards Islam with the aim of imposing an Islamic state in the region.
Although the war ended in 2000, rebels have waged an increasingly deadly insurgency with unrest spreading into other areas of the North Caucasus such as Dagestan and Ingushetia.
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