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Daghestani Security Forces In Gun Battle With Suspected Militants

Security forces have launched a counterterrorism operation against suspected militants in Russia's volatile North Caucasus Republic of Daghestan.

Local law-enforcement officials say the suspects opened fire when security troops tried to search a house in Daghestan's western city of Khasavyurt on April 24.

They say a woman who emerged from the building and started shooting was killed at the scene.

A gun battle is continuing with at least two more people inside.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS