Three policemen shot dead in North Caucasus

5th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

Gunmen shot dead three policemen in Russia's southern region of Ingushetia in the restive Caucasus where authorities are fighting an Islamic insurgency, investigators said Friday.

Unidentified assailants shot dead two policemen in their car late Thursday in the regional capital Nazran.

"Two other officers were hospitalised and one later died in surgery," Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Ingushetia is one of Russia's poorest regions and the smallest in the Russian Caucasus, where it borders Chechnya.

Russia is fighting a simmering Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, where it fought two wars with Chechen separatists in the 1990s, and attacks targeting police and government officials are a near-daily occurrence.

Kavkaz-Uzel, a website monitoring the violence in Northern Caucasus, said Thursday that a total of 396 people had been killed in the first six months of 2011 in the insurgency conflict.

© 2011 AFP

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