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Officials in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Daghestan claimed on July 14 that seven antigovernment militants, including two field commanders, were killed during a security operation near the village of Utamysh.

The operation was carried out late on July 13.

Authorities say one Russian Interior Ministry officer was killed and two were wounded in the operation.

The two slain militant commanders were identified as Islam Magomedov (aka Khomyak) and Arsen Magomedov (aka Abdula).

In a separate security operation in nearby Kabardino-Balkaria late on July 13, one antigovernment militant was reportedly killed.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS

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