Russian police killed four Islamic state militants in volatile Dagestan region after a long gun battle in which four ISIS militants and two officers were killed .
The police stormed an apartment in the southern town of Derbent after obtaining information that a wounded senior officer held hostage by the militants was probably dead.ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack and the killing of the hostage
“Law enforcers have finished a special operation to destroy the rebels,” Interfax news agency quoted a police source as saying. “At least four rebels have been annihilated.”
One police officer was killed in the shootout and another 15 were wounded, a local health official told Russian agencies. The senior officer who had been held was confirmed dead by a police official, Interfax news agency said.
Dagestan militants bordering Chechnya, where Moscow led two wars against separatists in 1990s, have sworn allegiance to Islamic State.