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MOSCOW (Reuters) - A gunman and a police officer were killed on Sunday during an attack on a road checkpoint in Russia's volatile Caucasus region of Ingushetia, TASS news agency reported, citing security services and a medical source.

"One bandit was neutralised, another was blocked in a building during a shootout at a police road checkpoint near the village of Yandare," TASS reported citing a statement from the National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK).

Three injured road police officers were rushed to hospital, TASS said, citing a medical source.

Throughout the 18 years since Vladimir Putin rose to power and crushed a Chechen separatist revolt, Russia has battled an insurgency seeking to carve an Islamic state out of the provinces of Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; editing by Jason Neely)

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