Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FASHION

Paris Men's Fall/Winter 2015, freedom of speech triumphs

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Davos 2015: Businesses 'cautiously optimistic' in Japan

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Twitter storm as IMF boss Christine Lagarde hails Saudi King Abdullah as 'strong advocate of women'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DR CONGO: Senate amends controversial constitutional law

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Pope Family Planning: Heated Debate over Pontiff's 'Rabbit' Comments (part 2)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Saudi King Abdullah Dies: Succession, Stability and Youth in Question (part 1)

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

France tackles terror

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Jean-Pascal Tricoire, CEO of Schneider Electric: 'France is on a better track'

Read more

DEBATE

Davos debate: Can big business agree on climate deal? (part 2)

Read more

Europe

Clashes kill at least five in North Caucasus

Latest update : 2009-08-13

Clashes have killed four rebel fighters and a police officer in Russia's North Caucasus, news reports say. Violence broke out when militants in the Republic of Ingushetia, bordering Chechnya, exchanged fire with Ingush and Chechen security forces.

AFP - Clashes killed four rebel fighters and a police officer on Saturday in Russia's turbulent North Caucasus, news agency RIA Novosti reported.
  
The militants were killed in Ingushetia, a mountainous region that borders war-ravaged Chechnya, during a firefight with Ingush and Chechen security forces.
  
"Ingush and Chechen security forces exchanged fire with a group of militants in mountains in the Sunja region, which borders Chechnya," a police source told the RIA Novosti.
  
"During the shootout, four of the rebel fighters were shot."
  
One of the victims is believed to be Azamat Makhaury, brother of Rustam Makhaury, who is the defence minister of the separatist Chechen government in exile and was arrested several days ago, the source added.
  
Separately in Dagestan, an insurgency-hit region which like Ingushetia is predominantly Muslim, a senior police officer died after gunmen opened fire on his car, a police source told RIA Novosti.
  
"The incident took place in the village of Kirov-Aul. Two gunmen armed with assault rifles shot at a car which contained the village police chief," the source said.
  
Clashes between government forces and Islamist rebels are common in Dagestan and Ingushetia. Both regions border Chechnya, which was the scene of two separatist wars after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
  
In recent years Chechnya has gained a measure of stability under the strongman rule of its pro-Moscow leader Ramzan Kadyrov, but human rights groups accuse him of using brutal tactics to suppress the rebels.

Date created : 2009-07-11

COMMENT(S)