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Russia Islamists: 'Many killed' in Stavropol siege

Suspected Kabardino-Balkaria militant leader Asker Dzhappuyev (image from Russian news website lenta.ru)
Image caption Suspected Kabardino-Balkaria militant leader Asker Dzhappuyev is said to be among the dead

Security forces in Russia report killing a top Islamist militant and nine of his followers in a siege in the southern region of Stavropol.

Asker Dzhappuyev, said to have led a militant group in the nearby Kabardino-Balkaria region, was wanted over the killing of hunters and police officers.

Security forces attacked the house where the suspects were staying after they reportedly refused to surrender.

Kabardino-Balkaria has seen a string of attacks blamed on Islamist militants.

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