Three policemen killed in Russia's Caucasus: report
Gunmen killed at least three policemen when they want on a rampage in Russia's tumultuous North Caucasus region of Dagestan, reports said on Thursday.
A group of five armed individuals made several assaults on police on duty in the city of Makhachkala after stealing a car, a source in the regional Interior Ministry told Interfax Thursday.
"We know of three killed policemen," the source said.
Makhachkala is the regional capital of Dagestan, located on the shore of the Caspian Sea.
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.
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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