Gunmen kill two police in Russian Caucasus: officials

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One policeman was killed and another wounded in a skirmish with a militant in the volatile North Caucasus region of Ingushetia, regional police said on Monday.

Police were carrying out a raid against rebels in the village of Verkhny Alkun when they came under attack from a gunman hiding in a house, police said, adding that a 33-year old policeman was killed and his 34-year-old colleague wounded.

"The house has been destroyed by return fire," regional police said in a statement. "The body of the attacker is thought to be under the rubble of the house."

In a separate incident in the nearby region of Dagestan, unidentified gunmen killed a soldier Sunday night, police said.

The serviceman, from the Russian police's internal troops, was attacked near his home in the settlement of Kizlyarsky and died of gunshot wounds on the spot, regional police said in a statement, without providing further details.

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.

Despite the Russian authorities' tough rhetoric and pledges to root out terror, attacks on government officials and servicemen in the region show no signs of abating.

© 2011 AFP

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