A police officer and two suspected militants have been killed in an antiterrorist operation in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria.
Police say two armed men refused to leave a house in the village of Zalukokoazhe and opened fire at police and security forces on October 29.
The two were killed in a shoot-out that lasted several hours.
One police officer was fatally wounded in the operation.
The North Caucasus has become Russia's most violence-plagued region in recent years.
The violence is often linked to organized crime or an Islamic insurgency.
Islamists in Kabardino-Balkaria, Daghestan, Ingushetia, and Chechnya frequently attack police, moderate Muslims, and local officials, saying they are fighting to create an Islamic state in southern Russia.
Based on reporting by Interfax, ITAR-TASS and RIA Novosti