Village head killed in Russian Caucasus

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Gunmen have shot dead a village head in Russia's restive southern region of Dagestan, where authorities are fighting a simmering Islamic insurgency, police said Sunday.

The killers, as yet unidentified, targeted Kaflan Kadyrov, head of the village of Gedzhukh, late Saturday, regional police said in a statement.

Kadyrov, who was in his mid-30s, suffered multiple wounds and was taken to a hospital where he died.

The Kremlin is locked in a war of attrition with Muslim militants in the North Caucasus where authorities have fought two wars with separatists in the past 20 years.

Dagestan has experienced some of the deadliest violence in the mainly Muslim southern periphery.

The latest killing comes after a village imam and a senior policeman were shot dead in Dagestan earlier this month.

© 2011 AFP

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