Officials in Russia say police and security forces have killed six suspected armed militants in Makhachkala, capital of the North Caucasus republic of Daghestan.
Officials said the violence occurred on July 27 after militants, including women, surrounded an apartment block in Makhachkala's outskirts and refused to leave.
Officials said that after children who were with the group were allowed to leave, the militants opened fire on security forces.
Officials said six suspected militants were killed in return fire.
Violence between suspected Islamic militants and security forces in Russia's North Caucasus -- which includes Daghestan, Chechnya and Ingushetia -- leads to hundreds of deaths and injuries each year.
Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS and Interfax