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Russian Forces Clash With Armed Group In Daghestan

13 January 2006 -- Security forces are reported to be fighting a group of armed militants in Russia's restive southern republic of Daghestan.

Russian media reported that security forces blocked a group of several armed militants in the mountainous Sergokala region. One policeman was reported injured in the fighting.

Earlier this month, up to five militants were reported killed in several days of fighting with security forces in another mountainous district, Untsukul, of Daghestan.

Also today, the regional Interior Ministry said security forces captured a suspected militant in the Khasavyurt region wanted for participating in attacks on federal forces in neighboring Chechnya in 2002.

(Interfax, ITAR-TASS)

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