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Moscow Police Arrest Suspects In Daghestani Official's Killing

Alimsultan Alkhamatov

Alimsultan Alkhamatov

MOSCOW -- Moscow's Cheremushinsky Court has arrested two men suspected of involvement in the killing of a Daghestani official, RFE/RL's Russian and North Caucasus services report.

One suspect, Khabid Budaykhanov, was detained in the Russian capital on September 28.

He is alleged to have been involved in the killing in Moscow on September 27 of Daghestan's Khasavyurt district governor, Alimsultan Alkhamatov.

Police have also arrested the alleged driver of a getaway car, a man who reportedly also comes from Daghestan.

Daghestani President Mukhu Aliyev convened an emergency meeting on September 28 to discuss Alkhamatov's assassination and the recent killings of other government and police officials.

He condemned attempts by unnamed people to fuel political instability in Daghestan.

Aliyev blamed Alkhamatov's killing on rivalries between the republic's various ethnic groups.

Alkhamatov was an Avar, as is Aliyev.

Alkhamatov -- whose district borders Chechnya -- was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen outside his Moscow home on the evening of September 27.