Russia kills 10 militants in Caucasus: reports

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Russian security forces on Friday killed 10 militants in a special operation in its violence-torn Northern Caucasus region, reports said.

The Interfax news agency quoted investigators as saying that the militants were killed in the village of Progress on the administrative border between the Stavropol region and the largely Muslim region of Kabardino Balkaria.

It said that that the group was killed at around 3:00 am (2300 GMT) by security forces seeking radical Islamists in the village. The previous toll stood at five.

"According to the latest information, the security forces destroyed 10 militants, including two women. The special operation is continuing," an official was quoted as saying.

Russia has for years been fighting Islamist insurgents in its Caucasus regions of Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan but in the last months unrest has also spread to Kabardino Balkaria.

© 2011 AFP

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