Shoot out in Northern Caucasus as Russia kills five suspected militants

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Russia’s federal Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said on Monday (April 20) security services killed five suspected militants in Dagestan, a North Caucasus

Shoot out in Northern Caucasus as Russia kills five suspected militants

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)

STORY: Russia’s federal Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said on Monday (April 20) security services killed five suspected militants in Dagestan, a North Caucasus region where an Islamist insurgency is still simmering years after two separatist wars.

Russia’s Interfax news agency quoted an unnamed local law enforcement source as saying the head of the insurgency, Ali Abu Mukhammad, or Alisakhab Kebekov, may be among those killed.

The Moscow-based Caucasian Knot website, which tracks the restive region, said a website backing the insurgents confirmed that but there was no official word from the Russian officials or the militants.

NAK said special forces of Russia’s Federal Security Service and Interior Ministry surrounded a house in the Gerey-Avlak suburb of Buynaksk on Sunday and negotiated with those inside who released one child to safety.

Two women refused to leave before fighting started, it said, comments that suggest they were likely also killed in the operation that ended early on Monday.

Rights activists and Kremlin critics say Russia’s heavy-handed tactics in the North Caucasus, which Moscow says are necessary to ensure public safety, are often in gross violation of the law and triggering even more resentment among locals.

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