Militant killed, police officer wounded in North Caucasus shootout

Law enforcement officers killed a militant who attacked them in the Russian North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria late on Tuesday, a police source reported.

“Law enforcers tried to detain an armed man, who opened fire on them in the village of Baksanyonok,” the source said.

In the resulting shootout, a police officer was wounded and the militant killed.

An investigation is underway.

More than a decade after the end of a war against separatists in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Russian security forces continue to fight militants in the area, including in Ingushetia, Chechnya and Dagestan.

Frequent attacks are staged on security forces, police and civilians.

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