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Russian Forces Battle Militants In Daghestan

Russian special forces in Makhachkala today (ITAR-TASS) January 11, 2007 -- Russian special forces said they killed three suspected militants in the southern Russian Republic of Daghestan after a gun battle that lasted several hours.

The gun battle began when police surrounded a group of gunmen in an apartment building in the capital, Makhachkala.

Shoot-outs between police and suspected rebels have become more frequent in Daghestan in recent months, fuelling fears of a spillover of violence from neighboring Chechnya.

(compiled from agency reports)

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