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Senior Dagestan official killed

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The interior minister of the troubled Russian region of Dagestan has been shot dead, officials say.

Adilgerei Magomedtagirov died in hospital after the shooting, which took place outside a wedding reception in the capital, Makhachkala.

At least four other people were wounded in the incident, including the father of the bride, a senior policeman.

Dagestan has long been plagued by violence often linked to separatist rebels in neighbouring Chechnya.

The killing of Mr Magomedtagirov, 52, who had been interior minister since 1998, follows that of a senior police investigator last month, who was shot dead as he emerged from his house.

Seifutdin Kaziakhmedov had reportedly received death threats for his work combating organised crime and Islamist militancy.

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