MOSCOW (Reuters) – At least 17 rebels and three law enforcement officers were killed on Monday in Russia’s mainly Muslim North Caucasus region, Russian media reported, citing the National Anti-Terror Committee.
The clashes between insurgents and security forces enforcement took place in Ingushetia, a small province next to Chechnya, the site of two separatist wars since 1994.
The Kremlin is struggling to contain an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus region, where rebels want to carve out a separate Islamic state.
(Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman; editing by Steve Gutterman)
Raw Story is a progressive news site that focuses on stories often ignored in the mainstream media. While giving coverage to the big stories of the day, we also bring our readers' attention to policy, politics, legal and human rights stories that get ignored in an infotainment culture driven solely by pageviews.
Founded in 2004, Raw Story reaches 5 million unique readers per month and serves more than 19 million pageviews.