South Ossetian president’s bodyguards killed in Russia

Two bodyguards for the president of the breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia were shot dead on Friday morning in a night club in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus region, police said.

Alim Kabulov, 30, and Oleg Ikaev, 31, were shot during an argument in the Retro nightclub in Vladikavkaz, the capital of the North Ossetia republic. Investigators say the attacker grabbed a gun from one of the bodyguards and shot them both 16 times.

The Russian Investigations Committee said in a statement that a 34-year-old local resident had been arrested. The press service of the North Ossetian police said earlier that a man had turned himself in and confessed to the killings.

Kubilov was also the cousin of South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity.

“Preliminary investigations have shown that both men were in Vladikavkaz on their own initiative. Their presence there was not connected to their official duties” the South Ossetian President’s office said.

MOSCOW, May 20 (RIA Novosti) 

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