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Daghestani Local Official Killed With Suspected Militants

One of the suspected militants killed by security forces in the Russian North Caucasus Republic of Daghestan last week has been identified as a local lawmaker.

A spokesman with Daghestan's Investigative Committee told journalists on March 28 that 35-year-old Magomedkhabib Magomedaliev was among the suspected militants killed on the outskirts of the republic's capital, Makhachkala.

He was a deputy serving on Daghestan's Untskul District Council.

Efforts to identify the other suspected militants are still under way.

Two security officers were killed and six were wounded in the town of Semender, near Makhachkala, during the March 19-23 special operation.

Daghestan has become one of the most volatile republics in Russia's North Caucasus in recent years.

Islamic insurgents professing extreme forms of Islam regularly attack moderate Muslims, police, and government officials.

Based on reporting by RIA-Novosti and Interfax

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