One police officer has been killed in a shootout with militants in the volatile south Russian republic of Dagestan, a police spokesman said on Friday.
Police have blockaded the militant group of around five people inside a private house in the village of Chontaul in the Kizilyurtovsky region.
“A police officer, who was wounded in the shootout, has died,” the spokesman said. “Security forces have isolated three private houses; militants are hiding out in one of them.”
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, including Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria, Ingushetia, and North Ossetia.
MAKHACHKALA, May 27 (RIA Novosti)