Three police killed in Russian Caucasus attack: official

28th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Unidentified gunmen killed three policemen in a street shooting on Tuesday in Russia's volatile Dagestan region, Russian investigators said.

"Unidentified people shot at the head of the Izberbash police anti-extremism department and four policemen near him," the Russian Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The shooting was near a cafe in Izberbash, a town on the Caspian coast near capital Makhachkala.

Three policemen died and two people were hospitalized, the statement said. A criminal probe was launched.

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 near daily basis in Dagestan.

© 2010 AFP

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