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Security officer killed in Ingushetia

NAZAN, Russia, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- An officer with the Russian Federal Security Service died Tuesday in a car bombing as violence continued in the North Caucasus.

The killing occurred in Nazran, the largest city in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, RIA Novosti reported. A police officer was killed Saturday in Ingushetia and a police station in neighboring Dagestan was attacked Friday.

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Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya, all between the Black and Caspian seas and bordered on the south by Georgia and Azerbaijan, have large Muslim populations.

While Russia plays up violence perpetrated by nationalists and extremist Muslims in the North Caucasus, peaceful opposition leaders and human rights advocates have also been killed. In June, Maksud Sadikov, the rector of Dagestan's Institute of Theology, was shot in his car in Makhachkala, and last year Maksharip Aushev, an Ingush opposition leader, was found dead in his bullet-riddled car, a Foreign Policy blogger reported.

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