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5 Jul, 2008 12:35

Two hit men wiped out in Russia’s southern republic

Two policemen have been killed and several others injured in three separate attacks on the police in Russia's southern republics of Ingushetia and Dagestan.

In Ingushetia, an armoured vehicle was fired on by a group of unidentified assailants travelling in a black car, which was later found abandoned. One of the police officers died at the scene from his injuries. It's thought five other men were wounded.

In a separate incident in Ingushetia, at least one officer was injured when a police checkpoint came under attack.

Two of the insurgents were also killed. They were reportedly locals.

Meanwhile, in Russia's republic of Dagestan, three police officers were injured when a bomb went off near the vehicle they were travelling in.

Officials say the men suffered minor head injuries and are now being treated in hospital.