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09 June 2006

Russia rebels kill police chief's family

MOSCOW: Gunmen in southern Russia killed a local police commander, his three young children and two others on Friday when they ambushed the car taking him to work, a Russian news agency reported

The gunmen fired on the car using automatic weapons, Itar-Tass news agency reported.

The attack was in the Ingushetia region, which borders Russia's separatist Chechnya and has also been the scene of violent attacks by insurgents.

In a separate attack in another part of mainly Muslim Ingushetia, the deputy head of a local authority was shot by gunmen after getting into her car. She later died in hospital, Interfax news agency reported.

Gun battles and explosions are common in Russia's North Caucasus region.

More than a decade of fighting between Chechen separatists and Russian troops has spilled over into neighbouring areas such as Ingushetia, North Ossetia and Dagestan.

Rebels, often acting on a host of local and religious grievances, have increasingly taken up arms against local authorities in the region.

The dead police commander, Musa Nalygiyev, was head of the special operations police in Ingushetia.

That force is in the front line of efforts to crush the insurgency but human rights groups accuse it of brutality.

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