ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia -- Police in Russia's restive republic of Dagestan say three suspected militants have been killed in a shootout with officers.
Dagestan's Interior Ministry says police stopped a car for a document check near the village of Manas and that the car's occupants opened fire.
Ministry spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov also said Saturday all three men in the car were killed.
There are frequent attacks in Dagestan and police shootouts involving militants believed to have been inspired by separatist fighters in neighboring Chechnya. Although the Chechen conflict has died down significantly in recent years, violence is reported almost daily in Dagestan.