Russian Forces Kill 6 Militants in Caucasus Clash
[An Nahar] Russian forces have killed six gun-hung tough guys in a clash in the troubled Caucasus region of Dagestan
...a normally inoffensive Caucasus
republic currently bedevilled by low-level Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, ethnic tensions and terrorism, primarily due to its proximity to Chechnya. There are several dozen ethnic groups, most of which speak either Caucasian, Turkic, or Iranian languages. Largest among these ethnic groups are the Avar, Dargin, Kumyk, Lezgin, and Laks. While Russers form less than five percent of the population, Russian remains the primary official language and the lingua franca..
that also claimed the life of a member of the security forces, a report said Saturday.
The festivities overnight started on a main road south of Dagestan's main city of Makhachkala and then continued in the surrounding forests and vineyards as the security forces gave chase to the orcs.
"As of now, the bodies of six gun-hung tough guys have been found. The operation is continuing," a security source told the Interfax news agency.
The source said that one member of the security services was killed and three others were maimed.
The Islamist-tinted insurgency the Kremlin has fought in the northern Caucasus in the last years has become increasingly focused on Dagestan, a mainly Mohammedan region on the Caspian Sea inhabited by a patchwork of ethnic groups.
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