Three militants killed in Dagestan

Last Updated: Sat, Jun 11, 2011 11:40 hrs

Makhachkala (Dagestan), June 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Three militants were killed in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Dagestan in a shootout after they refused to stop at a police checkpost, police said.

'Police officers tried to stop a car near the Manas village but people inside the car opened fire. All the three people inside were killed in return fire,' a police spokesman said.

A Federal Security Service (FSB) spokesman said one of those killed was identified as Kamil Magomedov, a subversive group leader reportedly involved in an attempt to organise a terrorist attack in Moscow Dec 31, 2010.

He said a second militant was identified as Magomedsultan Aigunov, on a federal wanted list, and the third man's identity was not established yet. Two handguns and a grenade were seized from the site.

An investigation is underway.

More that a decade after the end of a federal war against separatists in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Russian security forces continue to fight militants in other regions in the area, who stage frequent attacks on security forces, police and civilians.

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