21 November 2005 -- Police in Russia's southern republic of Daghestan say they killed one militant and wounded another during an operation today in the town of Buinaksk.
Police say they surrounded a house where a group of armed militants were hiding. A gunbattle began after militants refused to lay down their arms and surrender, opening fire on police instead.
No casualties were reported among police officers. The regional Interior Ministry said a number of militants managed to escape.
Daghestan has recently seen an increase in violence, due to both a spillover from neigboring Chechnya and feuds among rival gangs.