MAKHACHKALA, Russia — Police say five of their officers and three militants have been killed in a shootout in the volatile Caucasus region in southern Russia.
Ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov said a police unit was ambushed
Thursday while responding to reports of armed men on the outskirts of a
village in Dagestan, a Caucasus republic bordering Chechnya. Three
officers were killed and one wounded.
In an ensuing clash with the
militants, he said two more officers were killed and another wounded.
Three militants also were killed.
Although Chechnya has become
more stable after two separatist wars in the 1990s, an Islamic
insurgency has spread throughout the Caucasus region. Dagestan has
become the epicenter of the violence in recent years, with militants
staging daily attacks on police and other authorities.