Three police killed in Russian Caucasus attacks: report

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Attackers have killed three policemen in separate attacks in the volatile Russian North Caucasus region, the Itar-Tass news agency reported on Sunday.

Unidentified gunmen opened fire Saturday on a police patrol near the Chechen capital Grozny, killing two police, a local interior ministry spokesman told the agency.

A policeman in Dagestan, to the east of Chechnya, died during an attack late Saturday on his home in Makhachkala on the Caspian Sea, a local police official told Itar-Tass, without providing further details.

Russian authorities are battling a Muslim insurgency in the Caucasus, where Moscow fought two bloody wars against Chechen separatists in the 1990s and militants have long pledged to destroy key infrastructure sites.

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