Militants kill policeman in Russian Caucasus: report

8th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

A policeman was shot dead in Russia's North Caucasus in an attack claimed by a group linked to the rebels who said they carried out the Moscow airport bombing, police sources said Tuesday.

Policemen stopped a car for an identity check in the Kabardino-Balkaria regional capital Nalchik, but people inside the car opened fire, killing a policeman, sources told Interfax news agency.

Militants from the Caucasus Emirate group's United Realm of Kabarda, Balkaria and Karachay, which includes the Nalchik area, took responsibility for the shooting on their website Militants claimed killing an FSB security officer along with the policeman.

Police said on Tuesday that four militants from the group have been arrested in the Bashkortostan region in central Russia.

The leader of the local branch of the group and three other people were detained on suspicion of illegal possession of weapons, regional police representatives told Russian news agencies.

"The leader of this group in Bashkortostan is a representative of terrorist organization Caucasus Emirate, headed by North Caucasus separatist leader Doku Umarov," a representative told RIA Novosti news agency.

Police found ingredients used for explosives in the group leader's apartment, as well as instructions and photos of constructing explosives, police said.

Doku Umarov and the Caucasus Emirate claimed responsibility early Tuesday for the suicide bombing attack in Moscow's Domodedovo airport that killed 36 people and wounded more than 100.

The Kremlin fought two wars against separatist rebels in Chechnya in the 1990s but the insurgency has now become more Islamist in tone and has spread to neighbouring regions such as Ingushetia and Dagestan.

© 2011 AFP

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