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Ingushetia journalist's policeman killer himself shot dead

Presidential opponent: At the time of his death, Magomed Yevloyev was regarded as one of the leading opponents of then Ingushetian President Murat Zyazikov (who was replaced two months later by Yunus-bek Yevkurov). Chechnya’s neighbour in the North Caucasus, Ingushetia has for the past 10 years been in the grip of a low-intensity civil war marked by killings, abductions and other forms of violence.Photo: Schekinov Alexey Victorovich

A Russian police officer who got off with a two-year suspended sentence for killing journalist Magomed Yevloyev in 2008 was shot dead by unknown assailants in the Ingush city of Nazran on Wednesday, investigators said.

Two men armed with automatic rifles shot Ibragim Yevloyev, 35, and his colleague Beslan Albogachiyev in a downtown cafe, killing Yevloyev and seriously injuring Albogachiyev, a representative of the investigative committee told Interfax.

Police have opened an investigation but named no suspects Wednesday. Magomed Yevloyev's father, Yakhya, denied that the family was involved in the attack. “He had many enemies,” Yakhya Yevloyev said of Ibragim Yevloyev, who is not related to the journalist, Interfax reported.

Magomed Yevloyev, who ran the opposition web site, was detained at a local airport in August 2008 and shot dead in a police car. In December, a court convicted Ibragim Yevloyev of involuntary manslaughter, ruling that the police officer had “unintentionally” pulled the trigger of his gun, killing Yevloyev. Supporters of the slain journalist say he was murdered.

Ingushetia is a predominantly Muslim region of Russia's North Caucasus that neighbours war-torn Chechnya and has been troubled in recent years by a violent Islamist insurgency that has claimed scores of lives.

Date posted: August 5, 2010 Last modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 207