LONDON (Reuters) - The office of the governor of Russia's southern Astrakhan region on Tuesday said radical Islamists were responsible for the killings of two policemen in the region, the RIA news agency reported.


Two police officers were shot dead in Astrakhan late on Monday, according to Russian media reports.


"A group of radical Islamists, having engineered a traffic incident, opened fire on officers of the transport police....unfortunately two officers died of their wounds on the spot," the governor's press office was quoted by RIA as saying.


(Reporting by Katya Golubkova; writing by Sujata Rao)