Police officer killed in Russia’s North Caucasus

Unknown gunmen killed a police officer in the Russian volatile North Caucasus republic of Dagestan late on Friday, a local investigative committee spokesman told RIA Novosti.

The police officer was found dead in the village of Bairamuaul in western Dagestan, the spokesman said, adding that he was apparently gunned down.

More than a decade after the end of a federal war against separatists in Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, Russian security forces continue to fight militants in the region who stage frequent attacks on police and security officials.

The Russian government has vowed to clamp down on militant groups operating in the North Caucasus while stepping up efforts to boost the local economies.

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