Two policemen killed in Russian Caucasus

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Two police officers were killed by unidentified gunmen in Russia's southern Dagestan region in the turbulent North Caucasus area, officials said on Sunday.

"An unidentified assailant shot at the chief of juvenile section in Khasavyurt police department as he was getting into his car," the Investigative Committee said in a statement.

The assailant fled the scene while the police officer died of his wounds, the statement said.

A traffic policemen wounded in a different incident the day before died in hospital, police said Sunday.

He was shot at by a gunman while on duty in the city. "He had two abdominal wounds and died in hospital," a source in Dagestan region police told RIA-Novosti.

Khasavyurt is a city in the mountains about 70 kilometers (45 miles) away from the capital Makhachkala.

Attacks on governments officials and police are nearly an every-day occurrence in the nearby regions of Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya, a Caucasus province where Russia fought two wars against separatists in the 1990s.

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