Police officer, three rebels killed in Dagestan
A police officer and three suspected rebels were killed in a shootout Friday in Russia's Dagestan region in the turbulent North Caucasus area, the country's anti terrorism committee said.
Police had surrounded a house in the town of Tchontaoul in the Kiziliourt district when the alleged rebels opened fire, killing an officer, the Ria-Novosti news agency quoted a statement as saying.
The suspects were killed when police returned fire, it said.
Attacks on governments officials and police are a regular occurrence in the North Caucasus region, and in Dagestan in particular.
After the war in Chechnya (1994-1996) between Russian forces and separatists, the rebellion became progressively Islamist militant and spilled over Chechen borders, becoming active in the whole of the North Caucasus area.
© 2011 AFP