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The Interior Ministry in the volatile Russian North Caucasus republic of Daghestan says three suspected militants have been killed during an operation by security forces to detain them.

The Interior Ministry said on July 24 that police and members of the state security force located the three suspects in the village of Novy Kostek, in the Kyzylyurt district, in the early morning.

It said the suspects started shooting and were killed when police and security forces returned fire.

The three suspects were wanted for involvement in the "Kyzylyurt militant" group.

Two other suspected members of that group were reported killed by security forces on July 21.

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 Interfax and ITAR-TASS

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