July 15, 2008 / 5:52 PM / 10 years ago

Gunmen kill Ingushetia village police chief-media

MOSCOW, July 15 (Reuters) - Armed men killed the former police chief of a small village in Ingushetia on Tuesday, Russian agencies reported.

"Unidentified men opened fire on Akhmet Murazbekov with an automatic weapon and disappeared from the scene," Interfax news agency quoted an Ingushetia police official as saying.

Murazbekov was the former police chief in Karabulak, a village 20 km (13 miles) north of the capital Magas.

There are almost daily shootouts, bombings and attacks throughout the small, impoverished Russian republic in the Caucasus mountains.

In July 2007 an adviser to Ingushetia’s president was shot dead in his car while being driven through Karabulak.

In April a deputy chairman of Ingushetia’s top court was shot and killed in his car while travelling in Karabulak.

Ingush officials blame the attacks on Muslim radicals, both local and from neighbouring Chechnya. Opponents say the new bout of violence is the result of ineffective and oppressive policies by the local government. (Reporting by Chris Baldwin, editing by Richard Williams)

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