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Five police officers and three civilians have been killed in three separate incidents in Russia's volatile North Caucasus Republic of Daghestan.

Daghestan's Interior Ministry said that unknown attackers gunned down an off-duty police officer at a roadside cafe in Khasavyurt district on October 1.

That same day, in the neighboring Kizilyurt district, an unknown person shot dead an inspector of a police-dog service as he was driving home.

In a third incident, three police officers and three civilians were reportedly killed in a shootout with suspected militants that started in Daghestan's Levashi district on October 1 and lasted until the following morning. Police say they killed four militants.

Daghestan has been plagued by violence linked to Islamic extremism and organized crime for years. Militants frequently target police and local officials.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS
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