Ahmed Kotiev, the top security official in the Russian Caucasus republic of Ingushetia has been killed in an ambush. He was well known as being very active in persuading Islamist insurgents to stop fighting and lay down their arms.
The region is very volatile, and violence has frequently spread across the border with Chechnya.
President Yunus-bek Yevkurov, said: “Right now the main motive for the killing is thought to be professional: his activities as head of our Security Council, and mainly his work with rehabilitation, dealing with former rebels who gave themselves up.”
He went on to say that it would be a “matter of honour” to track down those responsible. and bring them to justice. Kotiev’s driver was also killed in the attack.