Russian forces kill 14 rebels in Caucasus: official
Russian security forces killed 14 rebels in two operations on Wednesday in the North Caucasus region of Dagestan, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said.
Russian special forces began two operations against "groups of saboteurs and terrorists" on the outskirts of the regional capital of Makhachkala and in the neighbouring town of Kaspiisk early Wednesday morning, the committee said.
"According to information from 1:40 pm (0940 GMT), the activities of 14 bandits have been terminated," the committee said in a statement on the RIA Novosti news agency.
Five were killed in Makhachkala and nine in Kaspiisk, in operations based on information from the FSB special security service, it added.
An increasingly deadly Islamist-driven insurgency in the North Caucasus regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia has claimed scores of lives annually, with attacks occurring on a near daily basis in Dagestan.
Kaspiisk was the scene of one of the most deadly attacks in Russia in modern times when a bomb exploded during a Victory Day parade in 2002, killing 45 people.
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