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Local journalist shot dead in Russia's Dagestan

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-13

A journalist for a local Avar-language newspaper, Khakikat, was shot dead in Russia's mainly Muslim republic of Dagestan. The body of Malik Akhmedilov was found with gunshot wounds to the stomach, a police spokesman told AFP.

AFP - A journalist for a local newspaper in Russia's volatile southern region of Dagestan was found shot dead on Tuesday on the outskirts of the capital Makhachkala, Russian news agencies reported.
   
The body of Malik Akhmedilov was found with gun-shot wounds to the stomach in the back of a Soviet-model Lada car, a source with the local interior ministry was quoted by RIA Novosti and Interfax as saying.
   
"Malik Akhmedilov was killed by gun shots to the stomach. Investigators are working on the scene," the source said.
   
Akhmedilov worked for Khakikat, a local newspaper in the Avar language.
   
The murder came as the head of a Russian NGO and her husband were found shot dead in the neighbouring southern republic of Chechnya on Tuesday and less than one month after Natalya Estemirova, one of the best known activists in the region, was killed in similar circumstances.
 

Date created : 2009-08-11

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