Top police official killed in south Russia

A top police official involved in combat against extremists was killed on Sunday by unidentified assailants in Makhachkala, the capital of Russia`s volatile Caucasus region of Daghestan, reports said.

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2010, 17:28 PM IST

Moscow: A top police official involved in
combat against extremists was killed on Sunday by unidentified
assailants in Makhachkala, the capital of Russia`s volatile
Caucasus region of Daghestan, reports said.

Gapal Gadzhiyev, the head of anti-extremism department
of North Caucasus Federal District covering southern militancy
-affected regions including Chechnya, was shot dead in his
Toyota Avensis while on his way to work, a news agency reported.
Various militant groups influenced by the idea of an
Islamic Emirate in the Caucasus region frequently attack law
enforcement officers, although Moscow has withdrawn a decade
long anti-terror regime in Chechnya.

A bomb placed under a car yesterday went off in the
Makhachkala, injuring a police officer who was hospitalised
with shrapnel wounds.

On Thursday, a suicide bomber on a car blew himself up
at a market in Vladikavkaz, the capital of Republic of North
Ossetia, killing 18 and injuring more than 160.

Last Sunday, a military camp was attacked by a suicide
bomber who rammed explosives laden car to a gate in
Daghestan`s Buinaksk killing five service men and injuring 35
soldiers.

Notorious warlord Doku Umarov has vowed to shift war
against Russia to its non-Muslim areas in a video message
posted by the rebel kavkazcentre website.

PTI