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Law enforcement officials in the Russian republic of Daghestan have said a security operation against militants has ended.

The counterterrorism operation started on the morning of July 21 in the Kirov district of the republic's capital Makhachkala.

According to media reports, a "group of militants" were holed up in a house. Nearby residents were evacuated and police reportedly convinced the militants to release the husband and wife who owned the house. Once cleared of noncombatants, security forces stormed the building after the armed group refused to surrender.

The press department of Russia's National Antiterrorism Committee in Moscow said two militants were "eliminated" and mentioned one as being the head of an outlaw group from Kyzylyurt. No law enforcement personnel were reported killed or wounded.


Meanwhile, in the North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, at least two soldiers were killed and three wounded when a convoy of military personnel came under fire as it passed through a forested area in Dattykh Sunzhensk. Local law enforcement officials said a group of militants, numbering from five to eight, opened fire on the convoy with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades before fleeing the scene. A search for the attackers was under way.

In Kabardino-Balkaria, police killed two "bandits" near the village of Kuba-Taba early on the morning of July 21.

Police were searching for the two men, both of whom had allegedly been involved in attacks on law enforcement personnel in the republic.

According to the counterterrorism center in Moscow, when “ordered to surrender the bandits refused and opened fire with automatic weapons" on police. One was killed when police returned fire; the other fled and died from wounds he received in an explosion at a nearby hiding place.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS

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