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    ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 23 (RIA Novosti) - Two militants were killed and a police officer wounded in a drive-by shooting in Russia's southern republic of Ingushetia, a local law enforcement spokesman said on Monday.

    The spokesman said police officers were carrying out an operation in the town of Karabulak, when gunmen opened fire on them from a passing Lada car.

    He said police officers returned fire killing two people in the car, while one of the officers was wounded in a shootout.

    Ingushetia has seen a rise in violence of late, including bombings and other attacks on police and officials, which have been linked to separatists in neighboring Chechnya and local criminal gangs.

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