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Published: January 13, 2009 (Issue # 1439)


Suspected Militants Hit

MOSCOW (AP) — Four suspected militants were killed in a clash with security forces in Ingushetia, Interior Ministry officials said Sunday.

The fighters were hiding in a house in the village of Ordzhonikidzevskaya, the officials said. One civilian and three policemen were wounded in the fighting Sunday.

The ethnic Chechen gunmen were wanted on criminal charges in Ingushetia and Chechnya, the ministry said.

Ex-Mayor Dead

MOSCOW (SPT) — Kazbek Pagiyev, formerly the mayor of North Ossetia’s capital, Vladikavkaz, was shot dead near his home in the southern republic, Kommersant newspaper reported Sunday.

Pagiyev, who resigned as deputy prime minister of the breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia in December, was killed on Dec. 31 by two unidentified gunmen while he was sitting in his car. Pagiyev’s driver was also killed in the attack.

Investigators believe that Pagiyev’s murder is linked to the assassination of Vladikavkaz Mayor Vitaly Karayev a month earlier.

Five people have been arrested in connection with Karayev’s Nov. 26 slaying, though the suspected killer remains at large.

General Killed

MOSCOW (SPT, Bloomberg) — A senior Interior Ministry official was shot dead in Dagestan in an attack for which a radical Islamic group in the southern republic claimed responsibility.

Valery Lipinsky, first deputy head of the Interior Ministry troops in the North Caucasus, was shot dead in the Dagestani capital, Makhachkala, on Dec. 29, the ministry said on its web site. He was 52.

A radical Islamic group in Dagestan, Jamaat Sharia, claimed responsibility for Lipinsky’s murder, according to a statement attributed to the group and posted on the Chechen rebel web site of Kavkaz Center on Jan. 5.

Dagestani officials claim to have wiped out Jamaat Sharia, a group notorious for deadly attacks against policemen in the republic, after killing its leader, Rasul Makasharipov, in 2005.

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