10 militants, one FSB officer killed in Russia's Dagestan

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Moscow, Sep 17 (UNI) Ten militants and one Russian Federal Security Service officer having killed in an anti-terrorist operation in Dagestan republic in Russia's North Caucasus.

A source in the FSB today told RIA Novosti news agency in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, that the militants were members of the militant group led by Emirbek Ragimkhanov, who was killed along with Ilgar Malachiyev, called as the ''Emir of Dagestan,'' in a special anti-terrorist operation on September 8.

The operation is ongoing and a search for any remaining militants is underway, he said.

Sporadic terrorist attacks and militant clashes are common in Russia's Muslim-dominated republics of Ingushetia and Dagestan, and in neighbouring Chechnya, although Moscow ended its military campaign against separatists and terrorists in 2001.

Yesterday, an explosive device, equivalent to 9-12 kg of TNT, was discovered and defused in Makhachkala.

According to Dagestan's Interior Ministry, Malachiyev's militant group has about 40 members, three of whom are on the federal wanted list. They are believed to have killed five people, including three policemen, this year.

Azerbaijan's National Security Ministry and Prosecutor General's Office earlier said that Malachiyev and his accomplice Samir Makhdiyev were responsible for the August 17 blast in Azerbaijan's largest Sunni mosque, Abu-Bekr, which left three people dead and 11 injured.

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