Three Russian police killed in Dagestan clash: official
Three members of the Russian security forces were killed on Friday in a clash with suspected rebels in the conflict-torn Caucasus region of Dagestan, officials said.
The deadly clash came a day after a suicide bomber struck a crowded market in the main city of the nearby Caucasus region of North Ossetia, killing 17 people.
The police were killed during operations in the Sergokala region west of the local capital Makhachkala, regional interior ministry spokesman Mark Tolchinsky said in a statement on Russian news agencies.
Three members of a militant group were also killed in the clash, in a village named Nizhni Makhargimakhi where a hoard of weapons was also found, the Russian Anti-Terror Committee said.
Russia has in recent years been fighting an increasingly deadly Islamist-fuelled insurgency in the North Caucasus regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia which has claimed scores of lives annually.
The situation has worsened considerably in Dagestan in the last months and three soldiers were killed earlier this month when a suicice bomber rammed a Russian military base in the region.
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