Six militants killed in Russia

Moscow, May 13: Six militants, including a senior member of the Kizlyar militant group who was on a wanted list since 2011, have been killed in a special operation in Russia’s volatile Dagestan region, the National Anti-terrorism Committee said.

Magomed Makhmudov and the other militants of the Kizlyar gang were surrounded by security services in a forest near the Kizlyar district.

The insurgents refused to surrender and opened fire with assault rifles and a grenade launcher, injuring three police and four army soldiers, RIA Novosti reported.

Violence is common in Russia’s North Caucasus, especially in the republics of Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, with militants frequently mounting attacks against police officers and government officials.