Security forces in Russia's volatile North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria say they have killed two suspected members of the Islamic insurgency.
Russia's National Counterterrorism Committee said on September 30 that the two men killed in a shoot-out in the Baksan district late the day before were members of the so-called Imarat Kavkaz (Caucasus Emirate) terrorist organization.
The North Caucasus has become Russia's most violence-plagued region in recent years.
After two unsuccessful separatist wars in Chechnya in the mid-1990s and early 2000s, the Islamic militancy spilled over into other North Caucasus republics, such as Kabardino-Balkaria, Daghestan, and Ingushetia.
Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax