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28 Jun, 2009 12:17

Four militants killed in Dagestan

Four militants have been killed by police in a special ambush operation in Russia’s southern republic of Dagestan.

According to the republic’s Interior Ministry press service, a group of ten militants appeared to be in the forest near two of Dagestan’s villages.

In the exchange of fire, a Russian policeman was fatally wounded and died on the way to hospital. Bodies of the militants were discovered after the clash.

Other militants are reported to be on the run. According to the press service, the area of the clash has been cordoned off.

The incident follows a series of counterterrorist operations over the past few weeks to clamp down on escalating violence in the Caucasus.