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Russian police kill four Islamist militants in North Caucasus

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian police killed four suspected militants, law enforcement officials said on Monday, in a shootout at a house in the North Caucasus, highlighting regional security concerns near the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. The gun fight broke out on Saturday after police surrounded a private house used by militants in the province of Dagestan, which lies some 600 kilometers (380 miles) from Sochi on the other end of the Caucasus Mountain chain. There was no indication the shooting was connected with the Games.

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.

Dagestan bombs kill three, two dead in shootout near Moscow

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - Two car bombs killed at least three people and wounded dozens of others on Monday in Dagestan, a turbulent province in Russia's North Caucasus region where armed groups are waging an Islamist insurgency. Car bombs, suicide bombings and firefights are common in Dagestan, at the center of an insurgency rooted in two post-Soviet wars against separatist rebels in neighboring Chechnya.

Boston bombing suspect kept low profile in Dagestan

By Alissa de Carbonnel MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - If Tamerlan Tsarnaev was already plotting the Boston Marathon bombings when he stayed in this bustling Russian city at the heart of an Islamist insurgency last year, neighbours say he hid it well. The ethnic Chechen killed in a shootout with U.S. police last week spent at least a month last summer helping his father renovate his first-floor apartment next door to a dentistry in Makhachkala, a city in the Dagestan region on the Caspian Sea.

Biden, law enforcement to attend Boston memorial for slain officer

By Scott Malone and Samuel P. Jacobs BOSTON (Reuters) - Thousands of law enforcement agents from around the country plan to attend a memorial on Wednesday for a campus police officer who authorities say was slain by the accused Boston Marathon bombers, and Vice President Joe Biden is slated to speak at the ceremony. The service at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology honours 26-year-old Sean Collier, who police say was shot and killed by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the MIT campus on Thursday night.

UPDATE 2-Suicide bomber kills three police in Russian Caucasus

* Six in hospital, one person unaccounted for * Suicide bomber struck at police check point (Adds Interior Ministry statement) By Thomas Grove MOSCOW, Feb 14 (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed three policemen and wounded another six in Russia's North Caucasus on Thursday, hours before President Vladimir Putin was to meet with officials to discuss security ahead of next year's Winter Olympics.

UPDATE 1-Russia kills last man wanted for Moscow metro bombing

(Adds detail on Magomedov and his death) MOSCOW, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Russia said it had shot dead the last surviving militant involved in twin bombings that killed 40 people on the Moscow metro in 2010 during a night-time sweep of a forest hideout in the volatile North Caucasus. The National Anti-Terrorism Committee (NAK) released a crossed-out photo of the alleged militant on Wednesday, his face framed by a thick beard.

Russia kills last militant linked to metro bombing

Russia said on Wednesday it had killed the last militant involved in a double suicide bombing that killed 41 people and wounded dozens on the Moscow metro in 2010. "The last of the organisers received fair retribution," Dmitry Pavlov, spokesman for the National Anti-Terror Committee led by the head of the FSB security service, told AFP. The man, identified as Gusen Magomedov, was killed in the volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan.
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