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    A total of 13 militants were killed during a special operation in southern Russia's volatile republic of Dagestan on Sunday, the National Antiterrorism Committee said on Monday.

    A total of 13 militants were killed during a special operation in southern Russia's volatile republic of Dagestan on Sunday, the National Antiterrorism Committee said on Monday.

    Ten militants were killed in the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala with another three "eliminated" in the Kizilyurt district's Komsomolskoye village.

    Two police officers were as well killed in the operation, the committee said.

    The security operation lasted over 19 hours and was launched after the head of the department for the fight against extremism in Russia's North Caucasus Federal District was shot dead as he drove to work in Makhachkala.

    Attacks on police and officials are common in Russia's North Caucasus republics, in particular Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia.

    On Saturday, a bomb placed under a car went off in Dagestan's capital, injuring a police officer who was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds, while another officer was shot dead on Friday in the republic.

    A week ago, Dagestan's Minister of National Policy, Foreign Relations and Information Bekmurza Bekmurzayev survived an apparent assassination attempt that killed his driver and injured two bodyguards.

     

    MOSCOW, September 12 (RIA Novosti)

     

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