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Violence On The Rise In Daghestan, Ingushetia

MAKHACHKALA/MAGAS, Russia -- Eleven insurgents have been killed during four separate counterterrorist operations in Daghestan recently, RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service reports.

On September 14, a female would-be suicide bomber who was detained in Makhachkala three days earlier, was identified as the widow of Ilgar Mollachiyev, a member of a Daghestani militant group who was killed in 2008.

Meanwhile, Ingushetian President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said on September 14 that 90 percent of the insurgents killed recently in Ingushetia were "foreign mercenaries."

A week earlier, Yevkurov accused some judges in the republic of acquitting people who had been detained on charges of corruption and aiding insurgents.

Yevkurov was himself seriously wounded during an assassination attempt on June 22 in Nazran, Ingushetia's largest city.

On September 10, the deputy prosecutor-general in Daghestan's capital of Makhachkala was shot dead by two unknown assailants.

Scores of government officials, police, and insurgents have been killed this year in Russia's volatile republics of Daghestan and Ingushetia.