May 10, 2008 / 5:07 PM / in 10 years

Russian police kill 2 rebels in Ingushetia-reports

MOSCOW, May 10 (Reuters) - Russian police killed two gunmen during an operation in the southern region of Ingushetia, Russian news agencies reported on Saturday.

Another was injured and detained when police stormed a house in a village in the region, which borders the volatile Russian province of Chechnya.

The Interfax news agency quoted Ingushetia’s interior ministry as saying that the dead men, both Ingush, belonged to armed groups suspected of recent attacks on police and other acts of violence.

Police found four grenade-launchers, two machine-guns, a pistol and rebel literature in the house, Itar-Tass quoted the ministry as saying.

Russian forces have fought rebels two wars in Chechnya since 1994, scarring the north Caucasus region and killing thousands of people. The violence has spilt over into neighbouring Dagestan and Ingushetia, two of Russia’s poorest regions. (Reporting by Tanya Mosolova; Editing by Jon Boyle)

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