The president of the Russia Ingushetia is recovering after being seriously wounded in a bomb attack being blamed on Islamic rebels.
Yunus-Bek Yevkurov was badly hurt when the device exploded as his convoy drove past. At least four of his body guards were reported killed and several others injured in the blast in the capital Nazran. It is another blow to the Kremlin’s efforts to assert control over the troubled republic. Yevkurov, a former paratrooper, was appointed by President Dmitry Medvedev last October. He was the commander of Russian troops who took control of Pristina airport in Kosovo in 1999 to secure Russia’s presence there before NATO forces arrived. Moscow had hoped he would boost stability in Ingushetia, which has overtaken Chechnya as the epicentre of resistance to Russian rule in the Caucus region. His predecessor was criticised by some for failing to clamp down on a growing insurgency. Islamic militants have stepped up their attacks recently. A former deputy prime minister was shot dead in Nazran earlier this month. Two suspected rebels and a soldier died in a gun battle last week.