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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

3 Hostages Freed

MAKHACHKALA, Southern Russia () -- Police freed an officer and two civilians taken hostage by armed criminals in the Russian republic of Dagestan, killing one of the kidnappers in a shootout, officials said Tuesday.

Dagestan's Interior Ministry said three gunmen crossed the border from the neighboring breakaway republic of Chechnya on Monday night, robbed a gas station and commandeered a car in the Dagestani village of Shamkhal. They also took a police officer and two civilians hostage and left for Chechnya.

Police managed to stop them Tuesday morning near the Chechen border.