Russian police kill four in North Caucasus

Russian police killed four people in a shootout at a house in the North Caucasus.

Russian police kill four in North Caucasus

World Bulletin / News Desk

Russian police killed four people, law enforcement officials said on Monday, in a shootout at a house in the North Caucasus.

The gun fight broke out on Saturday after police surrounded a private house in the province of Dagestan, which lies some 600 kilometers (380 miles) from Sochi on the other end of the Caucasus Mountain chain.

There was no indication the shooting was connected with the Games.

President Vladimir Putin, ordered security forces on high alert after a suicide bomber killed at least 37 in the southern Russian city of Volgograd in December.

Leader Doku Umarov, Russia's most wanted man, threatened to disrupt the Olympic Games in a video posted online last year.

Russian newspaper Kommersant said among those killed was an ethnic Russian convert to the insurgency.

Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, which stretches from Dagestan on the Caspian Sea to near Sochi's coast on the Black Sea, is rooted in two wars between Russian forces and Chechen separatists in 1994-6 and 1999-2000.

Last Mod: 10 Şubat 2014, 14:48
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