Russia police shoot dead two suspected rebels: ministry

25th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

Police shot dead two men Sunday suspected of involvement in a deadly attack on a hydroelectric plant in the volatile Russian North Caucasus region last week, the local interior ministry said.

Police shot dead the men at around 4:00 pm (1200 GMT) in a village in the southern Russian republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, west of Chechnya, the ministry said, quoted by Russian news agencies.

They were identified only by their surnames: Orchokdougov and Seiounov.

Officers found firearms in their car and a large amount of ammunition and grenades.

The men, who were targetted in a special police operation, were part of a group wanted by police for a series of crimes, including the July 21 attack at a hydroelectric plant in Kabardino-Balkaria, said the ministry statement.

Militants stormed the plant, killing two guards and setting the facility ablaze with a string of blasts.

Russian authorities are battling a Muslim insurgency in the Caucasus, where Moscow fought two bloody wars against Chechen separatists in the 1990s and militants have long pledged to destroy key infrastructure sites.

© 2010 AFP

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