Russian security services said Sunday that they killed eight Islamists who had pledged allegiance to ISIS and were behind attacks in the Caucasus region.

Special forces clashed with a “group of armed persons” in a mountain forest area near to Chechnya, said the National Antiterrorist Committee, without saying when the incident happened.

“As a result of a firefight, eight militants were neutralized.”

The committee added in a statement that the slain militants “recently pledged allegiance and joined the international terrorist organization ISIS” and were implicated in a series of police murders and other crimes.

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