Police kill two militants in Russian Caucasus

30th March 2011, Comments 0 comments

Police on Wednesday shot dead two armed militants in the volatile North Caucasus region of Ingushetia who opened fire on them during a document check.

The pair men opened fire at policemen at a bus stop in the village of Nizhny Alkun after they were asked to show identity documents, regional police said.

"The criminals were destroyed by return fire," they added.

Police said the dead men were wanted for a number of terrorism-related crimes including the killing of civilians.

On Monday, Russian special forces secured a major coup when they killed 17 militants with a precision aerial strike on their base located in Ingushetia.

Authorities hope the leader of the Islamist insurgency in the Northern Caucasus, Doku Umarov, is among the dead and are conducting tests to confirm his death.

The Kremlin fought two wars against separatist rebels in Chechnya in the 1990s, and the violence has since spread into the nearby regions of Dagestan and Ingushetia.

© 2011 AFP

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