Official: 3 rebels shot dead in southern Russia
A security official in Russia's southern republic of Ingushetia says authorities have shot dead three insurgents - one of whom was wanted for organizing a failed assassination attempt on Ingushetia's leader.
Domir Rossin told The Associated Press on Saturday that security officials in the republic stopped a car near the capital late Friday.
He says three men inside unexpectedly opened fire and were killed in the ensuing gun battle.
Rossin says one of the suspected insurgents was a ringleader of rebel operations in Ingushetia and had organized the suicide bombing of the Ingush President Yunus Bek Yevkurov's motorcade earlier this year.
Yevkurov survived the blast after emergency surgery but several bodyguards were killed.