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Gunmen Kill a Journalist in Russia's Dagestan Republic


Police in Russia's southern republic of Dagestan say gunmen have killed a prominent television journalist.

Police say Abdulla Telman Alishayev died in the hospital Wednesday morning. Two men shot Alishayev Tuesday evening, as he sat in his car in the republic capital, Makhachkala.

Officials say Alishayev suffered shoulder and head wounds. Doctors operated, but they could not save his life.

Alishayev was an editor and show host for an Islamic television channel. He also produced documentaries about Wahhabism, a radical form of Islam.

Russia has long been considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

Sunday, the owner of an independent web site in nearby Ingushetia was shot and killed while in police custody.

Police say Magomed Yevloyev was arrested and shot accidentally when he lunged for an officer's gun. But human rights groups call the death deliberate.

Both Dagestan and Ingushetia border Chechnya, where Russian troops have been battling separatists for more than a decade.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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