Three militants killed in Russian Caucasus: security service
Russian forces killed three Islamist militants in the volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan, the FSB security service said on Thursday.
The militants were killed after being surrounded in a house in the Dagestani capital Makhachkala, the regional branch of the FSB said in a statement carried by official news agencies.
"Two of the dead have already been identified -- they are Eldar Navruzov and Musa Davydov," the FSB said, adding that both men had been wanted for carrying out attacks.
The ITAR-TASS state news agency reported both men had belonged to a militant group led by Magomedali Vagabov, the husband of Maryam Sharipova, a suicide bomber who blew herself up in the Moscow metro in March.
Sharipova and another woman, both of them from Dagestan, carried out a pair of coordinated suicide bombings on March 29 that killed 40 people in the Russian capital.
Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim region of Russia located between war-torn Chechnya and the Caspian Sea, has been troubled by a violent Islamist insurgency that has repeatedly attacked official targets.
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