Family of three shot dead in Ingushetia, south Russia
A family of three was shot dead early on Tuesday in the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia, a volatile region bordering on Chechnya, local security officials said.
Unidentified assailants broke into the house of a Romani family in the village of Ordzhonikidzevskaya and shot the three family members dead.
According to preliminary reports the murder was racially motivated. Investigators are working at the scene, and a search for the attackers is underway.
The North Caucasus republic has been plagued by a series of inter-ethnic killings in recent months. Ingushetia is inhabited by a predominantly non-Slavic Muslim population.
In the early hours of July 16, an ethnic Russian woman along with her son and daughter were shot dead in their house in the same village. Policemen said possible motives were robbery and race hate. At their funeral two days later a tripwire bomb went off, leaving 11 people injured.
A man and his two sons were shot dead in Karabulak on August 31 in a possible revenge killing.