5 October 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Daghestan's interior minister has called for tougher punishment for alleged terrorists.
In an interview with Russia's "Izvestia" daily published today, Adilgerei Magomedtagirov said that "terrorists" who have caused other people's deaths should themselves be sentenced to "the ultimate penalty."
He blamed militants from neighboring Chechnya for tensions in Daghestan.
He denied opposition claims that militants have support among high-level officials but acknowledged such support was possible on the level of "rural or district administrations."
The minister also said criminal gangs in Daghestan are linked with international extremist organizations.
Daghestan has recently been hit by frequent bombings and shootings . Most of the attacks target police and law enforcement officials and are linked to militant groups or criminal gangs.
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