Police Raid Kills 8 As Chechen Violence Spreads

Spillover violence from neighboring Chechnya
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2007 5:53 PM CST
File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, seen during a meeting with Mukhu Aliev, right, president of the troubled southern Russian region of Dagestan in the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In the latest incident of Chechen violence spreading to bordering regions, Russian police killed at least 8 militants in a house raid in neighboring republic of Dagestan today, the AP reports. Police, who were acting on a tip about an armed gang in the capital Makhachkala, are still searching for more bodies and troops moved through the city to constant sound of gunfire.

Russian TV showed another gun battle in Makhachkala as police raided an apartment building, though it did not specify whether it was related to the fatal raid. Dagestan has been plagued recently by numerous clashes between gangs, insurgents, and police.