Policeman and security officer killed in Russian Caucasus

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A district police official and a security service officer were killed Thursday in two separate attacks in Russia's volatile North Caucasus, investigators said.

In Dagestan, a lieutenant-colonel of the FSB, successor to the Soviet-era KGB, was killed by a car bomb that detonated at around 8:00 am (0400 GMT) on Thursday, Russia's investigative committee said in a statement.

"The explosion occurred when the FSB employee was getting into his car next to his home to go to work," investigators said.

A police officer was wounded in a firefight after giving chase to two suspects near the blast scene, the statement said.

In a separate incident in the nearby region of Ingushetia, a district police official was shot dead in an early morning attack at his home, the local investigative committee said.

The lieutenant-colonel's wife was hospitalised with gunshot wounds after the attack, investigators said.

Shootings and bomb attacks are a near-daily occurrence in the North Caucacus, where pro-Russian authorities are battling an Islamist insurgency in Chechnya and its neighbouring republics.

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