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Judge Gunned Down In Russia's Daghestan

A judge has been gunned down in Russia's volatile North Caucasus region of Daghestan.

Daghestani law enforcement officials say that unknown attackers rushed into the house of Ubaidula Magomedov in the western Shamil district very late in the night on August 10, shot the judge dead and left the house.

Investigators are working at the crime scene.

Daghestani police also said on August 11 that a suspected militant was killed in another of the region's western districts, Botlikh. A counterterrorism operation in the area continues.

Daghestan has been at the epicenter of a wave of violence by armed criminal groups and by militants seeking to establish an Islamic caliphate in the North Caucasus.

Organized crime, business turf wars, political disputes, and clan rivalry also contribute to the bloodshed in the region.

Based on reporting by RIA Novosti, TASS, and Interfax