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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Policemen Targeted in Dagestani Clashes

ROSTOV-ON-DON -- A police officer was shot and wounded and two others were injured in the latest clashes in Dagestan, officials said Monday.

An unidentified gunman shot and wounded a police officer Sunday in the village of Novomekhelta, the regional branch of the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The assailant fled.

In a separate incident Sunday in Dagestan's eastern Khasavyurt region, near Chechnya, five Chechen men got involved in a brawl with two police officers, injuring them, the ministry said.

The ministry also said that police on Sunday found two caches of weapons and explosives near the border with Chechnya.

In a southern Dagestani district, the bodies of a school principal and his wife were found near a state-run farm near the Ashagastal-Kazmalyar settlement on Sunday, Itar-Tass reported. Police found the couple's 26-year-old son with gunshots to the head in their house about two hours later, the agency said.

The couple's 30-year-old son was found stabbed to death on a Makhachkala beach, also on Sunday, Itar-Tass said. It said police had identified a suspect.

Dagestan suffers spillover violence from Chechnya and is riven by disputes among local ethnic groups and homegrown criminal clans. More than 40 law enforcement officers have been killed in attacks in Dagestan this year alone.