Insurgents carry out almost daily attacks in the patchwork
of small, mostly Muslim regions along the country’s southern
border. But violence is less frequent in Kabardino-Balkaria than
in Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan further southeast.
Preliminary reports indicated that police killed seven
militants, two of them women, state-run RIA news agency quoted
an unidentified police official as saying.
An official in the National Anti-Terrorist Committee told
Itar-Tass, also state-run, that the militants had barricaded
themselves inside a private house in the provincial capital,
Nalchik, and exchanged fire with law enforcement officers.