Two police officers killed in Russian Caucasus

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Two police officers were shot dead and another was wounded in an attack overnight in the Russian republic of Dagestan, the local interior ministry said Sunday, Ria Novosti agency reported.

Gunmen opened fire on a police post in the city of Derbent, a ministry official said. Police were searching for the attackers, he added.

Dagestan, in the volatile North Caucasus region in the south of Russia, has been the site of regular attacks against the security services.

The local pro-Kremlin authorities in Dagestan, Ingushetia and other North Caucasus regions are battling to defeat an Islamist insurgency that has already killed scores of civilians and police.

© 2010 AFP

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