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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 13 December 2018

Moscow: Nine killed in 'anti-terror' raid in Dagestan

The group allegedly planned to commit an 'attack' on May 1

A soldier patrolling near military equipment in Moscow, Russia, on April 21, 2018. Yuri Kochestkov / EPA
A soldier patrolling near military equipment in Moscow, Russia, on April 21, 2018. Yuri Kochestkov / EPA

Nine people suspected of plotting an attack in Russia were killed in a shoot-out with security forces in Dagestan, the country's National Anti-Terror Committee has said.

The "anti-terrorist" operation was launched on Saturday in Derbent, Dagestan, after police received a tip off over a group hiding in the city, who allegedly planned to commit an "attack" on May 1, traditionally a holiday in Russia, according to a statement from the committee.

"Nine outlaw have been neutralised following brief exchanges of fire" with law enforcement, it said.

A Special Forces officer was wounded during the operation.

Dagestan, which lies immediately east of Chechnya, has seen a number of attacks in recent years, with several assaults against police claimed by the so-called ISIS group.

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