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A school principal was shot dead
A school principal was shot dead in full view of his students on Thursday in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Daghestan, a spokesman for the republic's interior ministry said.

Unidentified gunmen, travelling in a hatchback without license plates, gunned down Budun Sharaputdinov with a Kalashnikov assault rifle when he was getting out of his car in the school car park. He died instantly. His killers then fled the scene.

"Around 10 children witnessed the attack," the spokesman said, adding that a number of the children would require counseling.

Last year saw a series of deadly attacks on teachers and their families in Russia's North Caucasus republics.

In the early hours of July 16, local teacher Lyudmila Terekhina, 55, and her son and daughter were shot dead in their house in the town of Ordzhonikidzevskaya in the Russian Republic of Ingushetia. At their funeral two days later a tripwire bomb went off, leaving 11 people injured.

On August 31, unknown assailants broke into a house in the town of Karabulak, also in Ingushetia, and shot dead a Russian-speaking teacher's husband and his two sons, aged 20 and 24 respectively, with an automatic rifle.

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