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Masked Gunmen Kill Two Officials In Daghestan

17 August 2004 -- Police say armed men killed two senior police officials in the Caspian Sea port of Kaspiisk in the republic of Daghestan today.

A spokesman for Daghestan's police force, Abdul Musaev, said Gadzhi Abdurazakov, head of the Interior Ministry's department for fighting extremism and crime, and Aleksandr Groshev, a high-ranking counterterrorist official, were shot at close range by three masked gunmen as they were heading to work together. The attackers then sped away in a car.

Daghestan has been the site of recurrent violence, some of which is spillover from the war in neighboring Chechnya and some that is committed by the republic's criminal gangs.


For the latest news on the situation in Daghestan, see RFE/RL's webpage on the region here.