Two Russian police shot dead in Caucasus: report

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Gunmen shot dead two police officers on Monday as they guarded the home of a retired official in Russia's turbulent North Caucasus region of Kabardino-Balkaria, Russian news agencies reported.

"Unidentified gunmen opened fire on two OMON policemen on guard outside the home of former Kabardino-Balkaria interior minister Khachim Shogenov," a source in the regional investigative committee told the RIA Novosti news agency. Both men died on the spot, he said.

OMON policemen are members of elite special services units of the Russian police.

Then-president Vladimir Putin removed Shogenov from his post in 2006 after he had headed the region's interior ministry since 1991.

He went on to survive a bombing attack at a race course in Nalchik, the region's main city, in May last year in which one person died and more than 20 were wounded.

In a separate incident on Sunday a soldier died from his wounds in Chechnya after a bomb he was attempting to defuse exploded, a source in the regional interior ministry told Russian news agencies.

Another soldier wounded in the incident remains in hospital, he said.

Russia is fighting an Islamist insurgency in the Caucasus and deadly attacks on government and police officials in the region are an almost daily occurrence.

© 2011 AFP

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