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Police officer, militants killed in anti-terrorism operation in Russia

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • The operation targets terrorism in Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia
  • The militants are believed to have been in a high-profile terrorist network

(CNN) -- Five suspected militants and one policeman were killed during a special anti-terrorism operation Saturday morning in the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian state media said.

The militants were hiding in an apartment building in the city of Nalchik, according to the state-run RIA Novosti news agency.

The militants are believed to have belonged to the terrorist network of Magomedali Vagabov, the high-profile guerrilla leader who was suspected of planning multiple terror acts, including the Moscow subway bombings in March 2010, according to the state-owned Itar-Tass news agency.

Moscow has been targeting terrorism in Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia.