Medvedev sacks Dagestan internal affairs minister

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sacked the internal affairs minister of Dagestan, as the chief of the volatile Caucasus republic urged Moscow to step up aid and weaponry to fight Muslim insurgency.

"Medvedev fired General Ali Magomedov from the internal affairs ministry and named Colonel Abdurashid Magomedov as his successor," the Kremlin said in a statement late Wednesday, without elaborating.

Dagestan's leader Magomedsalam Magomedov called for more Russian troops and resources, saying: "over 300 people suffered from the terrorists this year and police casualties doubled from last year," RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Magomedov is seeking modern equipment and military hardware including planes and said Dagestan is "ready to shoulder some of the cost."

Dagestan is part of Russia's volatile North Caucasus, where authorities are struggling to quash a Muslim insurgency that the Kremlin calls its biggest headache.

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