Three men found dead in Caucasus
The burned and bullet-riddled bodies of three men have been found in Russia's unrest-plagued North Caucasus region of Dagestan, officials said on Monday.
The burned bodies of two men were found Sunday evening in a Niva car parked on a road just outside the village of Gubden, while a third -- the body of a man with various gunshot injuries -- was lying at the side of the road, police and investigators said.
Police also found cartridge cases at the scene, the statement said, without providing further details. In a separate statement, Moscow-based investigators said the men were "local residents," adding they started a probe.
The Caspian Sea region experiences almost daily shootings and bombings that officials blame on local criminals and Islamists with links to Chechnya.
Fuelled by endemic poverty and corruption, the militants are seeking to establish an independent Islamic state across the North Caucasus.
© 2011 AFP