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Russian Forces Battle Militants In Daghestan


http://gdb.rferl.org/B5787C04-05B2-49B5-ABED-D42468C1CCFB_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/B5787C04-05B2-49B5-ABED-D42468C1CCFB_mw800_mh600.jpg Russian special forces in Makhachkala today (ITAR-TASS) January 11, 2007 -- Russian special forces said they killed three suspected militants in the southern Russian Republic of Daghestan after a gun battle that lasted several hours.


The gun battle began when police surrounded a group of gunmen in an apartment building in the capital, Makhachkala.


Shoot-outs between police and suspected rebels have become more frequent in Daghestan in recent months, fuelling fears of a spillover of violence from neighboring Chechnya.


(compiled from agency reports)

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