MOSCOW: Russia said Sunday its security forces had killed 14 fighters linked to the Islamic State jihadist group in two special anti-terror operations in the volatile North Caucasus region. Russia’s national anti-terrorism committee said in a statement quoted by TASS news agency that 11 “bandits” were killed in a first raid near the city of Nalchik. Three others died in a second operation in the same area later in the day. Islamists in the North Caucasus have previously been united under a local Caucasus Emirate organization, but are now increasingly flocking to Islamic State, which in June declared it had established a franchise there. Kabardino-Balkaria is usually seen as one of the more peaceful parts of Russia’s North Caucasus.