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Seven militants killed in Russia's North Caucus

Jan. 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM

MAKHACHKALA, Russia, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Russian security forces killed seven militants Saturday in the North Caucasus republic of Dagestan, authorities said.

The militants -- six men and one woman -- were killed during a siege in the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala, RIA Novosti reported.

One of those killed was local militant leader, said a statement from Russia's Anti-Terrorism Committee.

The incident followed a grenade launcher attack and car bombing at a restaurant in Makhachkala Friday.

Violence is an almost daily occurrence in the North Caucasus, with many attacks linked to Islamist fighters who have been spreading across the region.

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