Six Russian traffic policemen killed in Dagestan: reports
Gunmen killed at least six Russian police officers in separate attacks in the country's turbulent North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, news agencies quoted police sources as saying Thursday.
"According to our revised figures, the two attacks occurred on Thursday afternoon," resulting in the death six traffic police officers, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Three other policemen and three civilians were admitted to a hospital in Makhachkala, which is the regional capital of Dagestan, located on the shore of the Caspian Sea.
The attacks were followed by the police killing four gunmen, news agencies reported.
The Kremlin has been fighting insurgents in the North Caucasus since the collapse of the Soviet Union, waging a war in 1994-1996 against separatist rebels in Chechnya, which neighbors 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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