Magistrate shot dead in troubled Russian Caucasus
A magistrate was shot dead in the volatile North Caucasus region of Dagestan on Tuesday, where hours earlier a bomb placed beside a police car injured six, Russian news agencies reported.
Magistrate Abdurakhman Gamzatov was shot dead at night in his house, the Interfax news agency reported, citing police.
The magistrate was "killed in his house in the village of Untsukul at around 2:00 am (2200 GMT)," a police spokesman told Interfax. "He was found with two shotgun wounds. Our provisional version is that he was shot with a pistol."
Earlier on Monday evening, an explosive device packed with nuts and bolts injured six when it exploded beside a parked police car, close to a market and a cafe in the regional capital of Makhachkala, ITAR-TASS reported.
In the North Caucasus region of Ingushetia, police killed two suspected rebels after they opened fire from a BMW car early Tuesday, Interfax reported.
The passengers shot at police with machine guns after being ordered to stop their car. Police responded, and the crossfire triggered an explosive device in the car, Interfax reported, citing an Interior Ministry source.
The local pro-Kremlin authorities in Dagestan, Ingushetia and other North Caucasus regions are battling to defeat an Islamist insurgency that has already killed scores of civilians and police.
© 2010 AFP