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Russian forces kill five militants in Dagestan

Russian security forces on Tuesday killed five suspected Islamist militants in a special operation in Dagestan that also left one serviceman dead, the National Anti-Terror Committee (NAK) said. "As a result of the clash five criminals were neutralised," it said in a statement quoted by Russian news agencies, naming one as a senior local militant named Tural Atayev, a citizen of Azerbaijan. It said that one member of the security forces had also been killed and one other wounded in the clash in the village of Pervomaiskoe in the Khasavyurt region of Dagestan.

Russia says five militants, policeman killed in Caucasus fighting

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian security forces killed five militants, including a suspected organiser of a deadly December car bombing, in a gunbattle on Tuesday in the North Caucasus province of Dagestan, authorities said. One police officer was killed and one wounded in the shootout, which occurred after police surrounded a home near the town of Khasavyurt on the border with Chechnya, the National Anti-Terrorism Committee said.

Russia says identifies bombers, arrests two in Volgograd blasts

By Steve Gutterman MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has identified two suicide bombers responsible for attacks that killed 34 people in the city of Volgograd last month and arrested two suspected accomplices in the violence-torn Dagestan province, officials said on Thursday. The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said the bombers, whose attacks raised fears of further violence before the Sochi Winter Olympics next week, were members of a militant group in Dagestan in the restive North Caucasus in southern Russia.

Militant Islamist video threatens Winter Olympics

By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two men said by Islamist militants to have carried out suicide attacks in south Russia appeared in a video donning explosive belts and warning Vladimir Putin to expect a "present" at the Sochi Winter Olympics from fighters following after them.

Seven injured as blasts rock Russia before Olympic Games

Five Russian civilians and two policemen were reported injured on Friday in a restaurant attack in Dagestan which is home to insurgents who have threatened to strike next month's Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. "The first explosion came when a grenade launcher fired at the second floor of the restaurant. The second came when a parked car blew up," an interior ministry source in the mostly Muslim North Caucasus republic of Dagestan was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS.

Russia says militants seized with bomb in south

By Alessandra Prentice MOSCOW (Reuters) - Five members of a banned militant group were arrested in southern Russia on Saturday and a homemade bomb packed with shrapnel was defused, in another security scare weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Islamist militants have threatened to attack the games and suicide bombers killed at least 34 people last month in Volgograd, also in southern Russia.

Putin denounces 'abomination' of Volgograd attacks

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called Russia's deadliest bombings in three years an "abomination" as he inspected the site of twin suicide strikes that killed 34 and raised alarm over security at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. The Kremlin chief laid a thick bouquet of red roses on a heap of stuffed toys and flowers assembled at one of the blast locations and exchanged commiserations with bandaged survivors at a hospital in the shell-shocked southern city of Volgograd.

Ethnic Russian recruits to insurgency pose new threat before Olympics

By Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW (Reuters) - The suspected involvement of converts to Islam in Russian suicide bombings points to the growing reach of jihadists far beyond the Muslim provinces of Chechnya and Dagestan, where insurgency and separatism have simmered for two decades. Russian news media say the authorities suspect an ethnic-Russian convert to Islam may have been behind one of the two suicide bombings that killed a total of 34 people in the past two days in Volgograd, a southern Russian city.

Ethnic Russian recruits to insurgency pose new threat before Olympics

By Alissa de Carbonnel MOSCOW (Reuters) - The suspected involvement of converts to Islam in Russian suicide bombings points to the growing reach of jihadists far beyond the Muslim provinces of Chechnya and Dagestan, where insurgency and separatism have simmered for two decades. Russian news media say the authorities suspect an ethnic-Russian convert to Islam may have been behind one of the two suicide bombings that killed a total of 34 people in the past two days in Volgograd, a southern Russian city.

Putin denounces 'abomination' of Volgograd attacks

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called Russia's deadliest bombings in three years an "abomination" as he visited the site of two suicide strikes that killed 34 in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. "The abomination of the crime that was committed here in Volgograd needs no extra commentary," Putin said during an unannounced visit to the industrial city of one million on the Volga River.
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