– INGUSHETIA’S PRESIDENT SURVIVED BOMBING
The president of Caucasian Russian republic of Ingushetia Yunus-Bek Yevkurov has been left in a critical condition after an attempt on his life on Monday 06/22/2009 morning at about 08:30. He was taken to hospital in a “very serious condition”after a car bomb was detonated next to his convoy in Nazran.
The brother of the president was among three people killed in the suicide attack, an unnamed official told Itar-Tass news agency. Interfax news agency said that Yunus-Bek Yevkurov would later be flown to Moscow for further treatment.
Medvedev appointed Yunus-Bek Yevkurov as Ingush president in 10/2008 after sacking his unpopular predecessor Murat Zyazikov (see also – Nazran 09.30.08) for failing to stem corruption, unemployment and violence.
Earlier this month, Bashir Aushev, Ingushetia’s former deputy prime minister, was shot dead in the main city Nazran. Aza Gazgireyeva, the deputy head of Ingushetia’s Supreme Court, was also killed in June.
* Ingushetia is located in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus, and neighboring Chechnya. Despite the tendency to blame Islamists for the arrack, it is very possible that the recent attacks were carried out by supporters of the dismissed former president Murat Zyazikov.
* The bombing was, eventually, attributed to Alexander Tichomirov.
*Ali Musaevich Taziev, one of the suspects of committing the attack, was arrested by Russian Federal Security forces in Ingushetia, on Wednesday 06/09/2010.
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