Russian forces kill 4 over killing Dagestan prosecutor
Russian forces killed four people heavy fighting on suspicion of involving the murder of deputy prosecutor in Dagestan region.
World Bulletin / News Desk
Russian forces killed on Saturday four people heavy fighting on suspicion of involving the murder of deputy prosecutor in Dagestan region and a suicide bomber wounded three policemen in neighbouring Chechnya.
On Friday, a suicide bomber blew himself up in the third region currently suffering insurrection -- Ingushetia -- killing one and wounding at least five, Reuters said.
On Saturday, Russian security forces said they had completed a military attack in Dagestan's capital city of Makhachkala, having killed four people suspected of complicity in the murder of senior member of the local prosecutor general's office, Interfax news agency reported.
One of the most populous regions in the mainly Muslim north Caucasus, Dagestan borders Chechnya which declared independency after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 but was attacked by Russian forces in two wars since the mid-1990s.
Still low-level insurgency continues in Muslim states controlled by Russia.
In Chechnya's capital Grozny a suicide bomber blew himself up when police tried to arrest him, Interfax said. Two of three policemen wounded were in grave condition.
In Caucasus udner Russian rulling is home to some 20 million Muslims and dozens of nationalities.
Amnesty International also said in its 2009 report on Caucasus that so-called the counter-terrorism operation that the Russian authorities declared there gave a green light tohuman right violations by government forces in Chechnya.
Human rights groups have repeatedly accused the authorities of serious abuses including house burning, extra-judicial killings, torture and illegal punishment across Caucasus, particularly in Chechnya.
In 2008, high-level Chechen officials, including President Ramzan Kadyrov, made public statements stating that the families of insurgents should expect to be punished unless they convinced their relatives to surrender.
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