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Makhachkala, Russia; 4 March 2004 (RFE/RL) -- Gunmen in the southern Russian republic of Daghestan, which borders Chechnya, today shot and killed a local district chief, Magomedrasul Alkhlaev.
Daghestan Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Musaev said the unidentified attackers shot Alkhlaev as he was travelling in his car in Buinaksk district.
The chief of another Daghestan district was severely injured in a shooting attack last September. Earlier last year in Daghestan, the republic's minister for interethnic policy was killed in a bomb blast and a former federal lawmaker was shot dead.