Policeman shot dead in North Caucasus

At least one police officer has been killed in fighting in Karachaevo-Cherkessia, in Russia’s troubled North Caucasus, officials say.

Gunmen opened fire when police stopped a car for inspection in the town of Uchichken.

“Three rounds of machine gun fire were shot from the car, killing one policeman on the spot as a result,” a spokeswoman for the republic’s police said on Saturday.

Two more police officers were injured.

Security officials in the region are regular targets of Islamist separatists who have been fighting Moscow-backed authorities for years.

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