Policeman, guerrilla killed in Russian Caucasus: report

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One policeman and one suspected guerrilla were killed and five police wounded in three separate incidents in Russia's conflict-torn Caucasus, the Interfax news agency reported Saturday.

In the republic of Ingushetia, "a police lieutenant went outside late Friday to help his friend fix his car when unknown attackers drove by and opened fire on him," police sources said, adding that the policeman died of his wounds en route to the hospital.

In the republic of Dagestan, a suspected guerrilla was killed Saturday in a clash with security forces who stormed his apartment in the town of Derbent, local officials said.

In another incident, an armored police car in Kabardino-Balkaria hit an explosive device Saturday, lightly injuring five police troops, local police said.

Russia has in recent years been fighting an increasingly deadly Islamist-fuelled insurgency in the North Caucasus regions of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia which has claimed scores of lives annually.

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