Two die in east Russia gun battle


Two gunmen have died in a shoot-out with Russian police in the centre of Ussuriysk, a town in Russia's Far East.

Police quoted by Russian media say three suspects surrendered during the police operation on Friday.

The suspects are believed to be members of a gang that carried out several recent attacks on police.

They were cornered in a three-storey building, where residents had been evacuated. The two who died may have committed suicide, police say.

"These people commit crimes not for any ideological reason but simply to spread terror in society and to feel that they are controlling people's lives," a police spokeswoman said.