The head of Russia’s Muslim region of Ingushetia is fighting for his life after being seriously hurt in a suicide bombing.
President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov’s convoy was attacked as it drove him to work early this morning. The massive explosion left a huge crater in the road and ripped roof tiles off nearby houses. The president’s driver was killed and three other people wounded by the blast. Yevkurov was rushed to hospital where he underwent immediate surgery. The highly decorated ex-paratroop officer was made president eight months ago after his predecessor, Murat Zyazikov, was criticised for worsening the insurgency by using heavy-handed tactics. Rebels also tried to kill Zyazikov on the same stretch of road in 2004. Ingushetia has overtaken its neighbour Chechnya as the main centre of violence. Security experts say this latest assassination attempt will deals a fresh blow Russia’s fragile grip on the North Caucasus and the efforts of Chechnya’s pro-Kremlin President Ramzan Kadyrov to control the violence.