POSTED: August 28th 2013
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Russian security official killed near site of 2014 Olympic Games

Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a new security operation in the violence-plagued regions near Sochito / Russian Government
Russian President Vladimir Putin has launched a new security operation in the violence-plagued regions near Sochito / Russian Government

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Head of the regional Security Council of Russia Ahmed Kotiyev and his driver were shot by gunmen north of the major city of Nazran, local police told Reuters Tuesday. The murders are another mark of violence plaguing the region of Russia’s Ingushetia republic by an Islamist insurgency near the site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

President Vladimir Putin will hope to cease the insurgent attacks ahead of the 2014 Olympics with a new security operation in regions surrounding the Black Sea resort of Sochito.

Kotiyev’s vehicle was riddled with bullets on a highway just 30 kilometres from Sochi and is not the first time an attempt on the security official’s life has been taken. Kotiyev, who helped militants abandon the insurgency, escaped a failed assassination attempt in June when his house was fired upon with a grenade launcher.

Ingushetia head Yunus-Bek Tekurov survived an assassination attempt on his own life in 2009 and called the manhunt on Kotiyev’s killer an “affair of honour” on his website. Militants in Ingushetia have used violence to try to establish an Islamic state in the patchwork of mostly Muslim regions in Caucasus mountains.


Keywords · Vladimir Putin · Sochi 2014 · Black Sea · Caucasus ·


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