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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Senior Ingush Aide Gunned Down

NAZRAN, Ingushetia -- Attackers shot and killed a senior specialist on ethnic relations in Ingushetia on Saturday after a week of violence authorities suspect resulted from tensions between Christian and Muslim communities.

Vakha Vedzizhev, a top adviser to the Interethnic and Public Relations Ministry of Ingushetia, was killed after unidentified attackers sprayed his car with automatic gunfire in the town of Karabulak, a spokesman with the Ingush Interior Ministry said.

Vedzizhev died from his wounds on the way to the hospital.

"According to the information we have, Vakha Vedzizhev received threats and his murder was likely related to his professional activities," Ingush prosecutor Yury Turygin was quoted as saying by Interfax.

On June 16, the bodies of an ethnic Russian woman, Lyudmila Terekhina, and her 24-year-old daughter and 19-year-old son were found, apparently after they were shot in their sleep.

Two days later, a bomb exploded in a crowd of mourners at Terekhina's funeral, wounding at least 10 people.