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Reuters: Five killed in clashes near Chechen border

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  • Norbert Strade
    Five killed in clashes near Chechen border MAKHACHKALA, Russia, June 3 (Reuters) - Three suspected Chechen rebels and two policemen were killed in clashes in
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      Five killed in clashes near Chechen border

      MAKHACHKALA, Russia, June 3 (Reuters) - Three suspected Chechen rebels
      and two policemen were killed in clashes in Russia's southern province
      of Dagestan near the border with Chechnya, officials said on Sunday.

      Russia has fought two wars against separatist rebels in its Muslim
      Chechnya region since 1994 and the fighting has spilled over into
      neighbouring Dagestan and Ingushetia. Dagestan, a mountainous region,
      has a mix of several dozen ethnic groups.

      The officials said the clashes occurred when police searched for a
      rebel hideout on Saturday in a forest between the villages of
      Solnechnoye and Nuradilovo in the Khasavyurt area, which borders
      Chechnya and has a large Chechen community.

      "Two police were killed, one wounded. Three fighters were also
      killed," said Anzhela Martirosova, spokeswoman for the regional
      Interior Ministry. The clashes lasted for more than five hours.
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