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Russia accuses Caucasus mayor of 'terrorist' attack

Russian investigators on Tuesday accused a powerful former mayor from the volatile Dagestan region of being behind a "terrorist" plot to murder a government official using a missile launcher. The Investigative Committee has launched a new probe against the mayor of Dagestan's main city of Makhachkala Said Amirov, accusing him of "preparing a terrorist act" and trafficking weapons, the committee said in a statement.

Russia kills nine militants in Dagestan

Russia's special forces killed nine suspected Islamist militants in the restive Dagestan region, including several implicated in attacks on religious leaders and suicide bombings, officials said Tuesday. Special forces and police units attacked "members of the (Islamist) underground" hiding in a residential house in Buinaksk, a city about 30 kilometres from the regional centre Makhachkala, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee (NAK) said. Among those killed was an "infamous militant leader" named Bammatkhan Sheikhov, it added, without making clear when the attack took place.

Muslim cleric killed in Russia's Dagestan

A Muslim cleric in Russia's restive Dagestan was shot dead in an ambush, investigators said Sunday, the latest in a string of murders of moderate religious figures in a province plagued by an Islamist insurgency. Gunmen opened fire on 66-year-old Ilyas Ilyasov on Saturday as he was getting into his car near his home in Makhachkala, the largest city in the region, Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement. Ilyasov died on the spot, while his driver was injured and hospitalised, investigators said.

Four police killed in ambush in Russia's Dagestan

Four police were shot dead on Sunday in an ambush by unknown gunmen in Russia's violence-plagued Caucasus region of Dagestan, the local interior ministry said. The police drove to the village of Burshi where they had received a report of a robbery, and were shot dead as they were leaving the area, Russian news agencies quoted the interior ministry as saying. A largely Muslim region on the Caspian Sea, Dagestan has become Russia's worst trouble spot in recent years with almost daily attacks on the security forces blamed on Islamist militants. sjw/fb

Journalist shot dead in Russia's Dagestan province

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - A journalist who wrote about alleged human rights abuses was shot dead in Russia's violence-plagued North Caucasus province of Dagestan on Tuesday, law enforcement authorities and colleagues said. Akhmednabi Akhmednabiyev, who had received death threats and survived an apparent assassination attempt in January, was killed by gunshots fired into his car by an unknown attacker near his home on the outskirts of Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala.

Russia detains Dagestan mayor on murder charges

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The mayor of the capital of the troubled Russian region of Dagestan has been detained on suspicion of organizing the murder of a senior state investigator, the Investigative Committee said on Saturday. Car bombs, suicide bombings and murders of officials are common in Dagestan, home to a deadly mixture of Islamist insurgency rooted in two post-Soviet wars against separatist rebels in neighboring Chechnya, and booming organized crime.

Russian forces kill three suspected rebels in Dagestan shootout

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - Russian special forces killed three suspected insurgents on Thursday in a private house in the restive Republic of Dagestan, security officials said. A group of suspected militants were surrounded in the house near Khasavyurt, 90 km (56 miles) west of the regional capital Makhachkala, the National Anti-Terrorist Committee said in a statement.

Female suicide bomber wounds 18 in Russia's Dagestan

A female suicide bomber blew herself up in front of policemen in Russia's Dagestan on Saturday, injuring 18 people in the second bombing attack to hit the restive region this week, officials said. Two of the victims -- both policemen -- were in a critical condition, police said. The attack took place not far from the interior ministry building in the centre of Makhachkala, interior ministry spokeswoman Fatina Ubaidatova told AFP. An unidentified woman came up to traffic police and detonated an explosive, according to the Moscow-based Investigative Committee.

Female suicide bomber wounds 12 in Russia's Dagestan

Twelve people were hospitalised and two of them were in a critical condition after a female suicide bomber blew herself up in Russia's restive Dagestan region Saturday, in the second bombing attack this week, a police spokeswoman said. The bomber blew herself up not far from the interior ministry building in the centre of Makhachkala, spokeswoman Fatina Ubaidatova told AFP. The Moscow-based Investigative Committee said an unidentified woman came up to traffic policemen and detonated an explosive.

Suicide car bombing in Russia's Dagestan injures 11

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew herself up in car near a police building in Russia's Dagestan region on Saturday, injuring 11 policemen and passers-by, Russian media reported. Dagestan, an ethnically mixed, mostly Muslim region between Chechnya and the Caspian Sea, has become the most violent province in the North Caucasus, where insurgents say they are fighting to carve out an Islamic state out of southern Russia.
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