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Russian Counterterrorism Official Killed In North Caucasus

Officials say a regional Russian counterterrorism official has been killed and one officer wounded during a shootout in the North Caucasus.

Officials say Khasan Bogatyryov, deputy head of the regional interior ministry's antiextremism department, was killed in the town of Baksan in the fractious Kabardino-Balkaria area.

Islamic militants frequently clash with Russian forces over control over the area.

The incident is under investigation.

compiled from local and international agency reports