Policeman killed in Russian Caucasus: report

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Gunmen shot dead a policeman in Russia's North Caucasus region of Ingushetia, a police source told Interfax news agency on Wednesday.

"Unidentified attackers fired at the policeman, and he died from his wounds on the way to the hospital," the source said. The officer was on his way home from work at the police station in Malgobek, a town about 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Ingush capital Nazran, he said.

The Kremlin has been combating insurgents in the Northern Caucasus since the collapse of the Soviet Union, fighting two wars against separatist rebels in Chechnya.

Although the second war ended in 2000, rebels have waged an increasingly deadly insurgency with unrest spreading to other areas in the region, such as Dagestan and Ingushetia.

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