Four cops killed in Russia’s Muslim North Caucasus
Four policemen were killed on Wednesday when gunmen opened fire in a cafe in Russia’s Kabardino-Balkaria province in Russia’s primarily Muslim North Caucasus region, Interfax reported citing investigators.
A decade after federal forces drove separatists out of power in the second of two wars in Chechnya, Moscow is struggling to contain a spreading Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus along its southern flank, where youths angry about poverty and fueled by the ideology of jihad (holy war) stage attacks.
The policemen were eating lunch at the cafe in the small town of Chegem, just west of the provincial capital Nalchik, when the gunmen opened fire, immediately killing four and wounding a fifth officer before stealing their weapons.
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