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Top Judge In Russia's Volatile Ingushetia Shot Dead

NAZRAN/MAKHACHKALA -- A top judge in Russia's restive republic of Ingushetia has been assassinated, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Unknown attackers in two vehicles opened fire with machine guns on a car belonging to Aza Gazgireyeva, the deputy chairwoman of Ingushetia's Supreme Court.

The attack occurred in Ingushetia's largest town of Nazran.

RFE/RL's correspondent quotes witnesses as saying that six people were injured in the attack.

Gazgireyeva was appointed to the post of deputy chairwoman 18 months ago after her predecessor, Khasan Yandiev, was also gunned down in his car.

"Aza Gazgireyeva was a judge with 25 years experience...the reason for her murder was her professional activities," Supreme Court chairman Mikhail Zadvornov was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.

In another volatile republic of Russia's North Caucasus, Daghestan, unknown attackers gunned down a policeman and a federal OMON officer in separate incidents on June 9.

Also in Daghestan, two armed groups attacked police departments in the towns of Karabudakhkent and Karamakhi.

The attacks took place hours after Russian President Dmitry Medvedev oversaw a session of Russia's Security Council in Daghestan's capital, Makhachkala, on June 9.

Medvedev urged local government to undertake necessary measures to liquidate illegal armed groups in the republic.