World Bulletin/News Desk
Seven fighters in the North Caucasus province of Ingushetia were killed in a three-hour gun battle with Russian security forces after which their hide-out was consumed by fire, the Russian authorities said on Saturday.
Among the dead was the leader of a local group accused of being behind the killing of a regional security chief last year and the deaths of several other Russian security and police officers.
Last August, Ahmed Kotiyev, head of the regional Security Council, an advisory body on security and defence, and his driver were shot dead in Ingushetia.
Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee said in a statement that one of the fighters killed, Artur Gatagadzhev, was responsible for the attack.
The Committee said the men, who had been hiding on Saturday in a house in the village of Sogopshi, had opened fire on the Russian troops who had surrounded them.
The cause of the ensuing blaze may have been an improvised explosive device, it said in a statement.
On Friday, Russia said four militants and a member of Russia's security service were killed during clashes in Karbadino-Balkaria, also in the North Caucasus.
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