Mayor shot dead in North Ossetia

Vitaly Karayev dies after gunmen attack him in Vladikavkaz, capital of North Ossetia.

    Russian police stand near the crime scene and car of Vitaly Karayev in Vladikavkaz [AFP]

    The statement said prosecutors had opened a murder investigation.

    Volatile region

    Vladikavkaz is the capital of North Ossetia, a mainly Christian region which has seen a wave of violence that began with a separatist movement in nearby Chechnya in the 1990s and has since spread to neighbouring regions.

    Twelve people were killed on November 6 when a suspected suicide bomber attacked a minibus as it pulled up outside a Vladikavkaz market.

    Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, said the bombing showed the country still faced a terrorist threat and that security forces could not afford to drop their guard.

    The town of Beslan, scene of a school siege in 2004 in which more than 300 people were killed, is in North Ossetia.

    North Ossetia has volatile relations with the neighbouring region of Ingushetia that stem from an outbreak of sectarian violence in 1992 in which hundreds of people were killed.

    Prosecutors said the bus bombing may be linked to that conflict.

    The province lies just across the border from Georgia's breakaway South Ossetia region, which was the focus of a brief war between Moscow and Tbilisi in August.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.