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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Struggle in Ingushetia, Russia

Concerns have grown in recent weeks about the stability of Ingushetia, one of Russia's most violent regions.

Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, the Ingushetian leader, was gravely wounded when a suicide car bombing hit his armoured car on June 22, and he remains in hospital.

After the attempt on Yevkurov's life, Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, ordered Chechen security forces to assist Ingushetia in batting fighters there.

Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's Kremlin-backed leader, said he had given orders to be personally informed of all aspects of the investigation and characterised the ambush as a desperate act by anti-government fighters.

"All they can do to us today is crudely shoot us in the back from the bushes. And we are going to put an end to this," he said, RIA Novosti reported.

link: Al Jazeera English - Europe - Chechen police killed in Ingushetia


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