Four Russian police killed in Cacauses violence

18th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Four Russian policemen were killed and nine others wounded Monday in two separate blasts in Russia's restive North Caucasus, news agencies quoted local law enforcement officials as saying.

Two policemen were killed and seven injured in the wooded mountains of restive Chechnya, Interfax quoted a law enforcement official as saying.

The blast occurred in the republic's Vedeno region, which has been the scene of recent battles between local security forces and Islamist gunmen.

The second attack struck the neighbouring Caspian Sea republic of Dagestan, which has borne the brunt of much of the North Caucasus violence since Moscow largely re-established control over Chechnya in the past decade.

The explosive device went off in the town of Kaspiysk as a police patrol drove by in the middle of the night, with the blast also injuring one other person, RIA Novosti reported.

Moscow has fought two devastating wars with separatists in Muslim-majority Chechnya since 1994.

It is now battling an Islamist-fuelled insurgency there and in the neighbouring regions of the North Caucasus, which also include Ingushetia and other more stable regions.

© 2011 AFP

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