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13 Aug, 2009 18:04

Bloody shooting in Russia's south

At least eleven people have been killed by armed attackers in the Russian republic of Dagestan.

In the city of Buinaksk, four policemen were killed at a police outpost and at least seven civilian women were shot and killed at a nearby sauna.

Then, according to reports, a group of 11 to 15 gunmen hijacked a truck with a driver and fled the scene.

The driver later managed to escape from the bandits and is being questioned at a local police department.

A search for the attackers has been launched and police have blocked all exits out of the city. Police suggest the attackers may have sought refuge in a nearby forest.

On Thursday, a police car came under fire in Dagestan’s capital of Makhachkala. In a separate incident no civilians were hurt, though two policemen were wounded during sniper attacks in the city.