MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian special forces troops killed four militants in St. Petersburg on Wednesday in a counter-terrorism operation, Russian Investigating Committee said.

The militants were on a wanted list of suspected members of a militant group in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, the Committee said in a statement on its website.

The police stormed an apartment in a residential house where the militants were hiding. There were no casualties among civilians.

(Reporting by Anton Zverev, writing by Denis Pinchuk, editing by Lidia Kelly)