Village head killed, sapper wounded in Russian Caucasus

14th July 2010, Comments 0 comments

A village leader was shot dead in broad daylight on Wednesday in Russia's troubled North Caucasus region of Dagestan, the latest casualty of the unrest permeating the region, authorities said.

The victim was the head of the small village of Kirovaul in the southern Russian city of Makhachkala in the Caucasus' Dagestan region, regional police spokesman Vyacheslav Gasanov told AFP.

"People heard three popping sounds," he said, saying they thought the weapon used was a pistol.

In a separate incident, a sapper was wounded in the Caucasus region of Ingushetia on Wednesday when an explosive device he was checking went off.

Wounded in the head and one arm, he was rushed to hospital in neighbouring Chechnya. The incident happened on the road between the villages of Galashki and Dattykh, the Moscow-based investigators said.

The Kremlin says the unrest in the Caucasus is its biggest domestic problem.

Last week, as part of a drive to end the extremism there, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced a major economic drive to make the impoverished region more attractive to investors.

© 2010 AFP

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