Three killed in new south Russia family murder: official

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Russian investigators said on Thursday they had found three corpses with knife wounds in the North Caucasus, in the latest murder of a family in the country's crime-ridden south.

"Two female corpses and one male corpse with knife wounds as well as a tied-up boy were found today at a private household in Mineralniye Vody," said the Moscow-based investigative committee, referring to a city in the Stavropol region in the violent North Caucasus.

The victims were a married couple and their daughter, said the investigators, adding that an eight-year old boy was also found tied-up and alive at the scene.

Regional investigators said in a separate statement that money and jewellery were missing from the victims' home.

The latest murder was reminiscent of a gangland killing of the family of a local crime boss when officials found corpses of eight people in the same region in January. Miraculously, an infant and an eight-year-old child were found alive at the scene.

The Stavropol region lies on the northern edge of the Caucasus, scene of a simmering guerrilla conflict between Russian forces and separatist rebels, and is close to the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, where Russia is hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics Games.

Late last year Russia was shaken when a criminal gang broke into a house in the village of Kushchevskaya in the nearby Krasnodar region, stabbing 10 people to death and suffocating two others in a bloodbath that lasted one-and-a-half hours.

© 2011 AFP

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