Three found dead in Caucasus

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The burned and bullet-riddled bodies of three people were found in Russia's unrest-plagued North Caucasus region of Dagestan, police said on Monday.

Two burned bodies were found Sunday evening in a car parked on a road between settlements of Manas and Sergokala, while a third -- the body of a man with various gunshot injuries -- was lying at the side of the road, police said in a statement.

Police also found cartridge cases at the scene, the statement said, without providiting further details. A police spokeswoman in Dagestan declined immediate comment.

The Caspian Sea region experiences almost daily shootings and bombings that officials blame on local criminals and Islamists with links to Chechnya.

Fuelled by endemic poverty and corruption, the militants are seeking to establish an independent Islamic state across the North Caucasus.

© 2011 AFP

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