Russian troops killed in metro bombers operation: official

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Several members of the Russian security service were killed while attempting to detain a rebel group linked to the Moscow metro bombings, an official said Wednesday.

"Literally yesterday (Tuesday) we carried out a special operation in Dagestan. Unfortunately as a result of the special operation, FSB troops were killed, some were wounded," said the head of the FSB security service, Alexander Bortnikov.

"We were working against the band that is linked to the explosions in the Moscow metro," said Bortnikov, according to the RIA Novosti news agency. He did not give a precise figure for the number killed.

Two suicide bombings in the Moscow metro on March 29 killed 40 and wounded more than 100.

A police source in Dagestan told RIA Novosti that Bortnikov referred to an incident when rebels opened fire on security services on Tuesday in a wooded area near the village of Kakamakhi, to the south of the regional capital Makhachkala.

One FSB officer and one guide died from gunshot wounds, while another FSB officer and a guide were hospitalised after the incident, investigators said in a statement, adding that the operation aimed to track down and arrest armed groups.

© 2010 AFP

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