Three killed in storming of southern Russia hotel

Police stormed a small hotel where armed militants were blockaded in the southern Russian province of Dagestan on Saturday, and two rebels and a policeman died, the regional Interior Ministry said. Details of the attack on the two-story hotel with about 10 rooms near the regional capital, Makhachkala, were sketchy. But the ministry's southern Russia division said the action was launched after police failed to negotiate a surrender with the militants. Earlier reports said there were about four militants of uncertain affiliation blockaded in the hotel. It was not clear if any guests or employees were inside at the time. The storming came as police and soldiers clashed with militants in Ingushetia, another republic in the restive Northern Caucasus.