Police kill Russia militant who shot tourists: official

20th April 2011, Comments 0 comments

Russian police identified and killed one of the militants behind a deadly February ambush of a group of ski tourists in the restive North Caucasus region, investigators said Wednesday.

Five tourists travelling through the Kabardino-Balkaria region earlier were stopped on the road by militants who opened fire on their minibus, killing three and casting a cloud over Russia's multi-billion ski resort project in the area.

The two militants were later identified as men in their 20s from Nalchik, the republic's capital.

Police killed one of them, Azamat Sizhazhev, on April 14 after he put up "armed resistance", Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Kabardino-Balkaria had until recently been a relatively peaceful region in the North Caucasus, with its Elbrus resort area serving as one of the country's biggest ski resorts.

The Kremlin fought two wars against separatist rebels in Chechnya in the 1990s but the insurgency has now become more Islamist in tone and spread to neighbouring regions.

© 2011 AFP

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