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Two troops, two militants killed in operation in North Caucasus

RIA Novosti

06/07/2008 15:17 (Recasts, adds details in paragraphs 3-4)

NAZRAN, July 6 (RIA Novosti) - Two servicemen and two militants were killed and two policemen were wounded in a special operation in the North Caucasus Republic of Ingushetia, the republican interior ministry said on Sunday.

The operation that ended late on Saturday was launched after a group of unidentified assailants carried out two attacks on federal troops and police at about noon on July 5 in the Malgobek district in northwest Ingushetia, killing at least one serviceman and wounding several others.

Ingushetia's investigative committee said investigators had found the bodies of two more militants after inspecting the scene of the fighting.

"During additional investigative measures at the scene on Sunday morning, the bodies of two more gunmen were found. Therefore, the number of militants killed in a special operation has risen to four," a spokesman for the investigative committee said.

During the first five months of 2008 Ingushetia saw a sharp increase in assaults on law enforcement and military personnel. In 53 attacks a total of 12 police officers and four servicemen were killed and 46 law enforcement officers and 11 soldiers were injured.

In comparison only 15 similar attacks occurred during the same period in Ingushetia last year.



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