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Gunmen kill two people in southern Russian province

Assailants gunned down two people in the Russian region of Ingushetia on Friday, officials said - the latest violence to hit the North Caucasus region. At least four militants in two cars raked with gunfire a car owned by deputy sports minister Akhmed Chakhiev, the Ingush Investigative Committee said in statement.

world Updated: Jul 17, 2009 15:16 IST

Assailants gunned down two people in the Russian region of Ingushetia on Friday, officials said _ the latest violence to hit the North Caucasus region. At least four militants in two cars raked with gunfire a car owned by deputy sports minister Akhmed Chakhiev, the Ingush Investigative Committee said in statement.

Two people were killed, including Chakhiev's driver, but Chakiev was not in the car, according the investigative committee and Ingush Security Council chief Alexei Vorobyov.

"It's unclear to us who exactly was killed, law enforcement agencies are working on it," Vorobyov told AP, correcting earlier information from officials that said Chakhiev was hit in the attack. The gunmen escaped after shooting, near Nizhny-Achaluki, a village about 20 kilometers (12 miles) north of Ingushetia's largest city, Nazran, the committee said.

Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya to the west, has been roiled by shootings, bombings and other attacks targeting police and government officials.

The region's president was wounded in a suicide car bombing last month, and a top judge and a former vice prime minister have also been killed by gunmen.

Earlier this week, the body of Natalya Estemirova, an activist renowned for her investigations of rights abuses in Chechnya, was found on a roadside in Ingushetia.