Reuters: Five killed in clashes near Chechen border
- 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.