10/05/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Two More Journalists Attacked In Caucasus

MOSCOW -- A television reporter was mortally wounded and a newspaper editor was severely beaten Tuesday in Russia's north Caucasus region, bringing to three the number of attacks on journalists this week in the volatile area.

Telman Alishaev, a reporter for Islamic TV in Dagestan, died Wednesday after being shot on Tuesday while sitting in his car, an Interior Ministry spokesman said. Miloslav Bitokov, who edits a weekly newspaper in Kabardino-Balkaria, a region in southern Russia, was hospitalized for head injuries after being attacked outside his home on Tuesday.

The assaults followed the killing on Sunday in nearby Ingushetia of Magomed Yevloyev, a journalist and prominent critic of Ingushetia's president. Mr. Yevloyev was arrested and fatally shot in the head in what the police called an accident. A rights official from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe called the killing an "assassination."

There was no obvious connection between the attacks, but they all occurred along Russia's southern border, where local authorities, aided by Moscow, have battled separatist movements for years.

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