Zyazikov Tosses Ingush Government

NAZRAN, Ingushetia -- Ingush President Murat Zyazikov dissolved the government of the North Caucasus republic Wednesday.

Ingushetia has been plagued by hit-and-run raids on federal forces and local authorities in recent months. Government critics attribute the violence to anger fueled by alleged abductions, beatings and killings by government forces and local allied paramilitaries.

Zyazikov did not offer a specific reason for his decision to dissolve the government but called for further social and economic reforms, news agencies reported.

Local opposition leaders this week renewed calls for President Vladimir Putin to take measures to deal with political unrest and widespread corruption in the republic.

Many Ingush are unhappy with Zyazikov, a former KGB agent and close ally of Putin.