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Three Suspected Militants Killed In Russia's Volatile Kabardino-Balkaria

Three suspected militants have been killed in Kabardino-Balkaria in Russia's restive North Caucasus region.

Russia's National Antiterrorist Committee said the men killed on June 12 were local residents wanted by Russian authorities for participation in illegal armed groups, murder, attempted murder, robbery, and extortion.

Two police officers were reportedly wounded in the security operation.

The report comes three days after four other suspected militants were killed in Kabardino-Balkaria when a bomb they were transporting in a car exploded during a shootout with police.

Violence is common in Russia's North Caucasus region, which includes Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia, Daghestan, and Chechnya.

Islamic militants and criminal groups routinely target Russian military personnel and local officials.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS