MOSCOW, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 11th Augst,2016) - A Russian judge was shot dead near his home in the restive Caucasus region of Dagestan by an unknown assailant, investigators said Thursday. An "unknown person fired shots from an automatic weapon" at judge Ubaidula Magomedov late Wednesday in the courtyard of his home in the mountain village of Assab, Dagestan's investigative committee said. "The judge died on the spot," it said. A criminal probe has been launched and "Magomedov's professional work is viewed as the main reason for the attempt on his life." Magomedov has worked as a judge of a regional court in Dagestan since he was appointed in September 2007 by Russian President Vladimir Putin.