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Three police killed in Russia's North Caucasus

Three Russian special forces officers were killed Wednesday in a security operation against suspected insurgents in the volatile North Caucasus, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said. Russia has stepped up security ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics next month in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, amid fears of a possible attack organised by insurgents from the North Caucasus. Host city Sochi is located around 550 kilometres (346 miles) from the Khasavyurt region of Dagestan where the special operation took place.

Russian security forces battle militants before Olympics

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Three Russian servicemen and four gunmen were killed in a shootout in southern Russia on Wednesday during a sweep for militants before the Sochi Winter Olympics. Russia's National Anti-terrorism Committee (NAC) said the dead gunmen included a man accused of carrying out a car bomb attack in the city of Pyatigorsk late last year which killed three people.

Second suicide bomber in Russia's Volgograd kills 14 on bus

By Maria Tsvetkova VOLGOGRAD, Russia (Reuters) - A bomb ripped a bus apart in Volgograd on Monday, killing 14 people in the second deadly attack blamed on suicide bombers in the southern Russian city in 24 hours and raising fears of Islamist attacks on the Winter Olympics. President Vladimir Putin, who has staked his prestige on February's Sochi Games and dismissed threats from Chechen and other Islamist militants in the nearby North Caucasus, ordered tighter security nationwide after the morning rush-hour blast.

Russia attacks timeline

A suicide bomber Monday killed at least 14 people on a trolleybus in the Russian city of Volgograd in the second such strike in two days. Here is an overview of the deadliest attacks carried out in the country in recent years: 1999: - September 13: A Moscow apartment building is destroyed by a bomb, leaving 118 dead. 2002:

Car bomb kills three in southern Russia

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) - A car bomb killed three people in the southern Russian city of Pyatigorsk on Friday, officials said, in a worrying development for the Kremlin as Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in six weeks' time. Pyatigorsk lies 270 km (170 miles) east of Sochi, where the Games, a major prestige project for President Vladimir Putin, will open on February 7.

Three Russian police killed in car bombing

Three Russian law enforcement officials were killed Friday when a car bomb exploded near a police station in the southern city of Pyatigorsk in the restive North Caucasus region, Russian media reported. No one claimed immediate responsiblity for the attack, but insurgents seeking to establish an Islamic republic along Russia's southern rim frequently target federal soldiers and law enforcement officials.

At least two people killed in Russian police station blast

At least two people were killed on Friday when a car bomb exploded near a police station in the southern Russian city of Pyatigorsk in the restive North Caucasus region, ITAR-TASS reported. No one claimed immediate responsiblity for the attack but insurgents seeking to establish an Islamic republic along Russia's southern rim frequently target federal soldiers and law enforcement officials. There were conflicting initial reports about the number of casualties in the attack.

Russian force trains to counter militants from Syria: Chechen leader

By Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW (Reuters) - A unit of Russian security forces is training to fight Islamist militants battling in Syria on fears they may migrate from the Middle East conflict to join an insurgency in the North Caucasus, Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader said. The Kremlin is worried that Russian-born militants will return to join insurgents who want to carve out an Islamic state in Chechnya and other mostly Muslim provinces in the mountains on Russia's southern fringe.

Russia detains 15 members of banned Islamic group in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian security forces detained 15 suspected Islamist militants in Moscow on Wednesday after confiscating improvised bombs and other weapons in a raid on an apartment, the Interior Ministry said. It said in a statement that the detainees were members of a group called Takfir Wal-Hijra, which was banned in Russia as a religious extremist organization in 2010, and were led by a man who had come to Moscow after studying in Arab states.

Russian police kill suspected Volgograd bus bomber in shootout

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police killed the main suspected organizer of last month's bombing of a bus in Volgograd and several other suspected militants in Dagestan on Saturday, Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee said, confirming earlier media reports. The federal government body said that the husband of the suicide bomber who detonated the bus bomb was among five militants killed in a shootout after a stand-off lasting hours at a house in Makhachkala, capital of the violent North Caucasus region of Dagestan.
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