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Four killed in drive-by gun battle in southern Russia

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Sept. 24, 2012, 10:23 a.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

Special forces officers guard the site of two blasts in the Dagestan's capital Makhachkala, early on May 4, 2012. Two blasts near a police post late on May 3 killed at least 15 people and wounded more than 20 in Dagestan, part of Russia's restive Caucasus region, the interior ministry said.
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MAKHACHKALA, Russia — Police in the restive southern Russian province of Dagestan say four men were shot dead after opening fire on police officers.

Dagestan Interior Ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov said Monday the incident on Sunday evening was sparked by the driver of the vehicle carrying the men failing to heed a police request to stop.

Gasanov says no police officers were injured in the clash.

The Caspian Sea province has become the epicenter of an Islamic insurgency that has spread across the region after two separatist wars in Chechnya. Shootings, bombings and police security raids occur on a daily basis in Dagestan, which borders Chechnya to the east.

The bulk of attacks in Dagestan are on government forces.

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