A suicide bomber severely wounded Yunus Bek Yevkurov, president of Russia’s volatile southern republic of Ingushetia—an assassination attempt that undermines the Kremlin’s claim that it has brought stability to the restive North Caucasus. A car rigged with TNT exploded as the presidential convoy traveled outside the regional capital, Nazran. The blast tore Yevkurov’s armored sedan to pieces and killed two of his bodyguards. Yevkurov was the third high official to be wounded or killed in the last three weeks in the North Caucasus region. (AP, June 22)
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More terror in Ingushetia
At least 11 were killed and more than 30 were injured when a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into the police headquarters at Nasran, Ingushetia. (DPA, Aug. 17)