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Islamic Insurgency Supporter Killed Near Russian Arctic Circle

An alleged member of the North Caucasus Islamic insurgency has been killed in the northern Russian town of Gubkinsky near the Arctic Circle.

Russian Federal Security Service officials say the man was killed in a special operation on March 14 after he refused to surrender and opened fire at security officers.

According to the officials, the slain man, whose identity was not disclosed, was involved in robberies and extorting money.

He had reportedly been sending the money to the Islamic insurgency in the North Caucasus.

The town of Gubkinsky in Russia's northern Yamalo-Nenets autonomous district is located 200 kilometers away from the Arctic Circle.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti, Interfax