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Officials Say 16 Militants Killed In Russia's South


Police said a militant leader and his gang of nine have been killed in a security operation in Russia's Stavropol region, which is neighboring the restive North Caucasus.

Southern Federal District Police spokesman Sergei Morozov said that Asker Dzhappuev, the militant leader of the neighboring Kabardino-Balkaria, and nine other suspected militants -- including two women -- were killed at a village house where they were hiding out in the Stavropol region.

Officials said that in a separate operation, security forces in the neighboring Republic of Daghestan killed at least six more militants.

compiled from agency reports
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