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Government security forces have killed two militants in Russia's southern republic of Daghestan, one of whom was described as an "ideologue" of an underground terrorist group.

That man was identified as a native of Daghestan's Khutsievka village named Abdulmumin Abdulmuminov, an imam "at one the region's mosques."

Russia's National Counterterrorism Committee said Abdulmuminov's calls for jihad were often posted on extremist websites.

Daghestan, the North Caucasus's most populous region and a known haven for militants, has seen a rise in violence in recent months.

compiled from agency reports