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Vladivostok: Police in Russia's far east stormed a building on Friday where four suspects in a rare string of attacks on police were holed up, leaving two dead and detaining the other two, officials and media reported.
Attacks on police are rare in Russia outside the turbulent Caucasus, where the Kremlin is battling an Islamist insurgency spawned by two post-Soviet wars against Chechen rebels and law enforcement authorities are targeted in near-daily attacks.
The suspected gang's motives were murky, but there has been speculation of anger over police corruption and abuse — a hot-button topic in Russia, where President Dmitry Medvedev is struggling to reform a police force tainted by scandals.
The standoff, punctuated by gunfire, followed a days-long hunt for a handful of men accused in the fatal May 27 shooting of a policeman, as well as two other attacks that injured three other police officers and the torching of a police station.