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Violence in Russia's North Caucasus kills four

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Police killed two suspected Islamic militants on Thursday after one of them threw a grenade at a group of officers and two others died in a separate shootout in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, Interfax reported. Both incidents took place in Dagestan province, which has become the epicenter of violence for militants seeking to establish an Islamic state in the North Caucasus, near where Russia plans to hold the 2014 Winter Olympics.

At least eight killed in southern Russia car blasts

At least eight people were killed Monday in twin car blasts outside a court building in the southern Russian city of Makhachkala in the restless region of Dagestan, Interfax quoted investigators as saying. "Within the space of a few minutes, two cars blew up," the news agency quoted a local investigative committee official as saying. "At least eight people died. The number of people injured is being checked." zak/am/mfp

Death toll from Dagestan bombings lowered to 3

Moscow, May 20 (EFE).- The death toll from the car-bomb attacks Monday in Makhachkala, the capital of the Russian federal republic of Dagestan, has been revised downward to three, with more than a dozen people wounded, officials said. "According to preliminary figures, three people died - a police officer, an operations officer and a marshal. More than 10 people were wounded," the official Dagestan Interior Ministry spokesman said. The government initially told the Interfax news agency that at least eight people were killed when the two car bombs exploded.

'At least eight killed' in southern Russia car bombs

At least eight people were killed and more than a dozen injured on Monday in twin car blasts outside a court building in the southern Russian city of Makhachkala in the restless region of Dagestan. The local investigative committee said that "within the space of a few minutes, two cars blew up. At least eight people died. The number of people injured is being checked." Officials added that at least two dozen cars were damaged by shrapnel.

Three policemen shot dead in Russia's restive Dagestan

Three police officers were killed and two more injured when gunmen opened fire on their cars in Russia's restive region of Dagestan, investigators said Wednesday. A police major and two other officers were killed on Tuesday evening while driving through Buinaksk, a city about 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the capital of Dagestan, Makhachkala, in Russia's North Caucasus. "Unidentified persons ... opened automatic gunfire" at the two cars the policemen were travelling in, said a statement on the Investigative Committee website.

Officials probe links between Canadian jihadist, Boston bombing suspect

MAKACHKALA, Russia - Questions have been raised about the significance of a potential link between one of the Boston bombing suspects and a Canadian jihadist who was killed by police in southern Russia last year. Security officials in Russia said Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev disappeared during a trip to the province of Dagestan after the death of William Plotnikov last July. Plotnikov — who was born in Russia but immigrated to Toronto with his parents as a teen — was killed in Dagestan, where he had travelled to join Islamic militants.

Boston bombing suspect had links to slain Islamists

One of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings had made links with two figures in the Islamist anti-Kremlin insurgency in the Northern Caucasus, both of whom were killed by Russian security forces, a security source said Monday. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was himself killed during his capture by US authorities, was known to have been in contact with a Dagestan militant named Makhmud Nidal and also a militant of Canadian origin named William Plotnikov, a Russian security source in the Northern Caucasus told AFP.

Boston bombing suspect had links to slain Islamists

One of the brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings had made links with two figures in the Islamist anti-Kremlin insurgency in the Northern Caucasus, both of whom were killed by Russian security forces, a security source said Monday. Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, who was himself killed during his capture by US authorities, was known to have been in contact with a Dagestan militant named Makhmud Nidal and also a militant of Canadian origin named William Plotnikov, a Russian security source in the Northern Caucasus told AFP.

Boston bombing brothers' father hospitalised, US trip delayed

The father of two brothers accused of bombing the Boston Marathon has been hospitalised, preventing his departure for the United States, he said Sunday. Anzor Tsarnaev told Ria Novosti news agency he had left Makhachkala, capital of the Russian republic of Dagestan, for Moscow to catch a flight to the United States but had to be hospitalised due to a sudden rise in his blood pressure. "I am in hospital but not in Moscow," Tsarnaev said, refusing to say where he was. "Due to the illness I've decided to put off for the moment my journey to the United States."

Mother of Boston suspects assails US over son's death

The mother of the two brothers suspected of carrying out the Boston bombings on Thursday launched an impassioned attack on the US authorities over the death of one of her sons, as her husband planned to travel to the United States to find out what happened. The parents of the two suspects, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, spoke to reporters in the Russian region of Dagestan where they were living when the Boston marathon bombings took place.
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