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NALCHIK, Russia -- Two policemen were found beheaded in Russia's Kabardino-Balkaria Republic today, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The bodies were found in the trunk of a car belonging to one of the dead policemen in the republic's capital, Nalchik.

One of the slain men worked as an investigator for the local branch of the Interior Ministry and the other was an enforcement officer.

Kabardino-Balkaria is part of Russia's volatile North Caucasus region, where scores of civilians, government officials, police, and insurgents have been killed in the past several months.

Most of the violence has not occurred in Kabardino-Balkaria but in the neighboring republics of Daghestan, Ingushetia, and Chechnya.