Nine dead, four injured in North Caucasus clashes

Nine people have been killed and four injured in several exchanges of gunfire in the disputed Russian North Caucasus region

Nine dead, four injured in North Caucasus clashes

Nine people have been killed and four injured in several exchanges of gunfire in the disputed Russian North Caucasus region, Interfax news agency and regional authorities said Saturday.

Four police officers and two rebels were killed and four police officers injured in a gun battle near the village of Dargo in the semi-autonomous republic of Chechnya, Interfax and the authorities reported.

In the semi-autonomous republic of Dagestan, three members of a resistange grup were killed in the capital Makhachkala during a police raid.

The members of a resistance group, which included a woman, had holed up on the fourth oor of a high-rise building, a spokesman for the authorities said.

A special unit stormed the flat and killed the three of them, the spokesman said.

The four police officers in Chechnya were killed Friday evening during a operation by the security forces, the spokesman added.

Ttwo resistance fighters were shot dead during that operation.

The fighters hit an armoured personnel carrier during the clashes.

The troubled North Caucasus region has remained restive even under new Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

The situation in Chechnya has changed greatly since two wars were fought there in the 1990s, but there are still frequent skirmishes.

Islamist groups in neighbouring Dagestan and Ingushetia also clash frequently with the pro-Russian authorities.

Agencies
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