Russian officer, militant, die in shootout in Caucasus
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MOSCOW — Russia's National Anti-Terrorism Committee says a special forces officer has been killed in a shootout with a militant that also left the fighter dead.
The clash occurred Thursday in a rural area of Dagestan, a republic in the Russian Caucasus where insurgent violence is frequent.
The committee said in a statement that the militant was cornered by law-enforcement officers and opened fire after being ordered to lay down his arms. The statement did not say what branch of service the dead officer was from.
Dagestan is a predominantly Muslim region between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea. Following two separatist wars in