Gunman shoots top official in Russian Caucasus
A top regional official in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan was in a critical condition Wednesday after a gunman shot him in the back of his head in an assassination attempt, police said.
During the early morning attack in the town of Makhachkala, the unidentified assailant critically wounded Bilal Omarov, a deputy agriculture minister in the Dagestan government, spokesman for regional investigators, Alkhas Amirkhanov, told AFP, declining further details.
The Kremlin fought two wars against separatist rebels in Chechnya in the 1990s, and the violence has since spread into the nearby regions of Dagestan and Ingushetia.
Despite Kremlin pledges to root out the insurgency, attacks on government officials and servicemen in the region show no signs of abating.
© 2011 AFP