August 17, 2016 / 1:40 PM / 3 years ago

Russian special forces kill four militants in St Petersburg

Members of Russian special forces are seen near a residential house where four suspected members of a militant group in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region were killed in a counter-terrorism operation, in St. Petersburg, Russia, August 17, 2016. REUTERS/Ilya Davlyatchin/Interpress

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian special forces troops killed four militants in St. Petersburg on Wednesday in a counter-terrorism operation, Russian Investigating Committee said.

The militants were on a wanted list of suspected members of a militant group in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region, the Committee said in a statement on its website.

The police stormed an apartment in a residential house where the militants were hiding. There were no casualties among civilians.

Reporting by Anton Zverev, writing by Denis Pinchuk, editing by Lidia Kelly

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