MOSCOW, September 27 (RIA Novosti) - Moscow police confirmed reports that a senior official from the southern Russian republic of Dagestan was murdered in the capital on Sunday.
Alimsultan Alkhamatov, head of the republic's Khasavyurt district, which borders on Chechnya, was gunned down in southwest Moscow at about 8:15 p.m. local time, a police source said earlier, adding the attackers are believed to have fled the scene in a Mercedes and later abandoned the car.
An Interior Ministry spokesman said two men were wounded by attackers. Alkhamatov died in an ambulance, and the other, apparently his bodyguard, was taken to hospital. He did not elaborate on possible motives for the killing.
Earlier on Sunday, a deputy head of Dagestan's criminal police was killed, along with a police officer, his nephew, in an apparent militant attack in the republic.
Gunmen opened fire with automatic weapons at Alimsoltan Atuyev and his nephew, who were driving a police car in the village of Stariye Miatli.
Attacks on troops, police and other officials have been a daily occurrence in Dagestan and Russia's other mainly Muslim North Caucasus republics in recent months. They are blamed on separatists, who are still active in the region after two Kremlin-led campaigns in Chechnya in the late 1990s- early 2000s, or criminal groups.