6 killed in Russia's North Caucasus

AP News
Posted: Oct 23, 2010 12:10 PM
6 killed in Russia's North Caucasus

A car bomb and two police raids killed six people and wounded seven in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region on Saturday, authorities said.

In the republic of Dagestan, a suicide bomber in a car tried to attack a police dormitory in the town of Khasavyurt but an armored vehicle blocked his way, a police spokesman said. The explosion killed the suspected militant and a police officer, and wounded seven people.

In the village of Komsomolskoye, Dagestan, two suspected militants were holed up in a house early Saturday when police attacked, killing both of them, said the Dagestan police spokesman, Vyacheslav Gasanov.

In the Caucasus republic of Ingushetia, police shot and killed two militants in a car chase, police spokeswoman Madina Khadziyeva said, adding that the men were later identified as being wanted on terrorism charges. Police found two machine guns and ammunition inside their men's car.

Islamic insurgents who want to set up an independent Shariah state have spread across Russia's predominantly Muslim North Caucasus region after two separatist wars in Chechnya. Dagestan and other North Caucasus provinces suffer daily violence linked to the insurgency.

Authorities in the area have cracked down on insurgents, but human rights activists say security forces are fueling the violence with their extra-judicial killings, kidnappings and torture of suspects and their relatives.