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Two Killed in North Caucasus Shootout

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Police in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria shot dead two gunmen on Friday after a siege in a house, a law enforcement source told RIA Novosti.

Police in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria shot dead two gunmen on Friday after a siege in a house, a law enforcement source told RIA Novosti.

"Two militants were shot dead during a special operation, according to preliminary information," the source said.

The incident happened around 11 a.m. in the republic's capital, Nalchik, when police stopped two suspects for an ID check. The two opened fire on police, seriously wounding one officer who later died in hospital.

The suspects then fled the scene, barricaded themselves in a house on Lenin street, and began trading shots with the police.

Kabardino-Balkaria and its neighboring republics in the predominantly Islamic north Caucasus are frequently the scene of attacks on federal authorities by armed groups of Islamist fighters.

The head of the town of Khasavyurt in the neighboring republic of Dagestan narrowly missed being assassinated on Friday when a bomb went off as his car passed by, local investigators said.

“The explosion happened as one of the cars in Sayid Umakhanov’s cortege went by. No-one was hurt. Investigators have classified the blast as a crime,” they said.

 

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