Policeman killed in Russia's North Caucasus: official

8th June 2011, Comments 0 comments

A policeman has died in Russia's volatile southern region of Dagestan after two assailants shot him in the head and fled, police said on Wednesday.

The policeman, in his mid-20s, was shot in the regional capital Makhachkala late Tuesday and died of his wounds at a local hospital, regional police said in a statement.

Russia is fighting an Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus, site of two wars with Chechen separatists in the 1990s, and Dagestan has experienced some of the deadliest violence.

The Caspian Sea region experiences almost daily shootings and bombings that officials blame on local criminals and Islamist militants seeking to establish an independent Islamic state across the North Caucasus.

© 2011 AFP

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