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Sporadic violence escalates in Caucasus

Video by Olivia SALAZAR WINSPEAR

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-09-13

Separate militant attacks throughout Russia's Caucasus region have left at least seven dead, according to reports. Islamist militants are battling pro-Kremlin local authorities and Russian security forces in a sporadic, but escalating insurgency.

AFP - A local resident and five suspected Islamist militants were killed in three separate attacks in the past day in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, news agencies reported.
  
In one incident Saturday, four suspected militants, one of them a woman, were killed in a shootout with law enforcement personnel in Dagestan near the republic's capital, Makhachkala, the reports said.
  
Separately, a suspected suicide bomber died and three local police officers were seriously wounded Saturday when the suspect blew himself up as he approached a police patrol in Grozny, the capital of the republic of Chechnya.
  
That attack occurred near a school in Grozny. The body of the suspected attacker was ripped apart, but news agencies quoted Russian law enforcement officials as saying no one apart from the three policemen was hurt.
  
In another apparent suicide bomb attack, two people died -- a local resident and the suspected attacker -- in a car-bomb attack on a police checkpoint in Nazran, the main city in the republic of Ingushetia, the news agencies said.
  
Four other people, two police officers and two passers-by, were injured in the attack late Friday.
  
Concerns have mounted over increased militant attacks throughout Russia's Caucasus region, where Islamist militants have been battling pro-Kremlin local authorities and Russian security forces in a sporadic insurgency.

Date created : 2009-09-12

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