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MOSCOW, April 20. /TASS/. Five suspected militants, including three leaders of illegal armed formations, were killed in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Dagestan as a result of a special police operation, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee reported on Monday.
It was reported on late Sunday night that a group of leaders of illegal armed formations was trapped by policemen in a private house in the village of Gerei-Avlak, near the city of Buinaksk.
The house was blocked by security and police officers. Residents of neighboring houses were evacuated. Along with the gunmen, there were two women and a child inside the house. After negotiations with the police, terrorists blocked in the house released the child but refused to surrender weapons. The women refused to leave the house.
Russia’s law enforcement agencies have been fighting militants in Dagestan for over 14 years since the battle phase of the second military operation against separatists in the neighboring Chechnya came to an end in 2000. Attacks on security officials and civilians occur from time to time in Dagestan, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria.