Two suspected militants were killed in a shootout with police in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, a local police source said on Monday.
"Policemen attempted to stop a suspicious car on a highway near the village of Elbrus late on Sunday night, but those in the car opened fire on them," the source said.
Policemen opened fire in response killing two attackers. None of the law enforcers were hurt in the shootout, he added.
A special investigation group is working at the scene of the incident, while the suspected militants are being identified, the source said.
More than a decade after the end of a war against separatists in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Russian security forces continue to fight militants in other regions in the area besides Chechnya, including Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia, Dagestan, and North Ossetia. Frequent attacks are staged on security forces, police and civilians.
NALCHIK, May 23 (RIA Novosti)