Seven killed in mass brawl in Russian Caucasus: ministry

9th August 2011, Comments 0 comments

A mass brawl ended with seven dead in Russia's restive Dagestan region, with victims including a three-year-old child, the regional interior ministry said Tuesday.

The conflict between residents of two villages occurred at a gas station near Untsukul, a town in Dagestan's mountains about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the capital Makhachkala.

Six young men were shot along with a three-year-old girl in an "incident which descended into a shootout," which occurred at 1:30 am (2230 GMT MOnday), a statement on the ministry's website said.

Violence against both civilians and police officials occurs regularly in Dagestan, where Russia is fighting a simmering North Caucasus insurgency. Officials have not connected Tuesday's incident to militant activity.

Russia has fought two wars with Chechen separatists in the North Caucasus since the mid-1990s, and attacks targeting police and government officials have now spread to neighboring regions.

© 2011 AFP

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