3 January 2006 -- Security forces are reported to be fighting a group of alleged militants in a mountainous region of southern Russia.
Russian media reported today that security forces backed by helicopters had surrounded a group of up to five alleged militants in the Untsukul region of Daghestan.
Meanwhile in the restive neighboring republic of Chechnya, two Interior Ministry troops were killed late yesterday when a group of assailants opened fire on a security checkpoint in Kurchaloi district.
Crisis In Chechnya
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