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Russian forces kill 13 militants in North Caucasus

world Updated: Jul 12, 2009 21:39 IST

Thirteen militants have been killed in special operations in Russia's North Caucasus region between Saturday night and Sunday morning, authorities said.

Eight militants have been killed in different places in restive Chechen republic, while five were gunned down in neighbouring republic of Daghestan, the interior ministries of the republics said.

Three suspected militants were killed on Saturday night in the Chechen capital Gronzy in a shootout with the police who received gun shots while trying to stop a speeding car the militants were travelling in.

"In the return fire, three members of the armed group were killed," the ministry said in a statement.

Two similar incident occurred on Sunday morning in two diffrent places in the city, resulting in the death of five more militants.

All the five were gunned down after they opened fire on the police who were trying to stop their vehicles at check posts, the ministry said.

In the neighbouring republic of Daghestan, five more militants were killed on Sunday, adding to an already bloody death toll in the region, the interior ministry of the republic reported.

According to officials, the suspects opened fire on policemen who tried to stop their car, forcing the policemen to respond and shot them all dead.