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Two Militants Killed in Dagestan

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Russian forces have killed two militants in the troubled southern republic of Dagestan, local officials said on Friday.

Russian forces have killed two militants in the troubled southern republic of Dagestan, local officials said on Friday.

The men were shot dead during an overnight raid on a house in the village of Mutsalaul in Dagestan's Khasavyurt district, police said.

Russia is battling a low-level Ismalist insurgency in Dagestan and other regions of the mainly Muslim North Caucasus.

In a separate incident on Friday, a police officer and a passer-by were killed in an attack in the region's main city, Makhachkala.