MAKHACHKALA, November 14 (RIA Novosti) – A gunman who opened fire on police Wednesday in Russia’s restive republic of Dagestan was killed and a police officer wounded, a spokesman for the local Interior Ministry said.
The shootout took place in the center of Makhachkala, capital of the North Caucasus republic, after police stopped a car for a routine check, police said. The driver opened fire on police and was killed by return fire, the spokesman said.
Two other people who were in the car fled the scene and a search for them is underway, he said.
Attacks on security forces, police and civilians occur regularly in the North Caucasus, generated by ethnic, religious and political rivalries, as well as poverty and corruption. The violence is also fed by an Islamist insurgency, which has been especially resilient in Dagestan and fueled a series of bloody post-Soviet separatist wars in the neighboring republic of Chechnya.