ROSTOV-ON-DON, February 17 (RIA Novosti) - Two
unidentified gunmen have shot dead the brother of a police
officer in Russia's North Caucasus Republic of Ingushetia, a
police spokesman said on Tuesday.
Ingushetia has seen a dramatic rise in violence in the
last year. The tiny republic's Interior Ministry said there
were more than twice as many militants and militant
sympathizers in Ingushetia as in neighboring Chechnya.
"At approximately 1:00 a.m. Moscow time [22:00 Monday GMT]
two unknown men entered the yard of a private house in the
village of Ekazhevo and gunned down a man," the source said.
"He died of his injuries immediately."
A search for the attackers is underway.
The Russia-based human rights group, the Moscow Helsinki
Group, said in September 2008 that Ingushetia was on the verge
of civil war as fighting between militants and authorities
intensified. It also accused federal authorities of torture and