Police Commander Shot Dead in Ingushetia

ROSTOV-ON-DON — A police officer was shot dead and another wounded in Ingushetia, Interior Ministry officials said Monday.

An unidentified gunman shot a squadron commander dead with a sniper's rifle late Sunday in the city of Nazran, the regional Interior Ministry said. Another police officer was wounded Sunday after a police station was riddled with bullets fired from a passing car near the village of Yandare, it said.

Meanwhile, in nearby Dagestan, police said they detained a middle-aged woman after finding explosives and ammunition in her bag.

The woman was suspected of having links to Islamic militants, police said, and they suspected the explosives were intended for a terrorist attack.

The predominantly Muslim regions of Ingushetia and Dagestan see frequent attacks on police and other violence, some of it a spillover from neighboring Chechnya, where pockets of resistance to the pro-Moscow government remain.

The violence has also been fueled by abductions and killings of suspected Islamic militants by government forces, internal disputes and crime.