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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Police Kill 5 in Ingushetia

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- More than 100 police and security agents backed by five armored personnel carriers surrounded a house in the restive southern republic of Ingushetia and killed five alleged militants in a shootout, the Interior Ministry said.

The suspects had resisted capture, opening fire with automatic weapons and throwing grenades, said Yury Smolyaninov, a spokesman for the Ingush regional branch of the Federal Security Service.

He said the special operation to eliminate the militants had been completed by Saturday afternoon.

The alleged militants were suspected in attacks on Ingush police installations in June in which about 90 people were killed, said a duty officer in the Interior Ministry's southern regional branch in Rostov-on-Don.

The operation to capture or kill the militants began early Saturday morning, Russian news agencies reported.

There were no casualties among law enforcement officers or civilians in the shootout, the Interior Ministry duty officer said.

State-controlled television showed footage of the smoking ruins of a brick building, the wooden planks of its roof in splinters. A body could be seen sprawled in the wreckage.

NTV said that the bodies of four militants were found shortly after the shootout ended, and the fifth was discovered only Saturday night.