Attack on Russian regional leader marks rising tensions(Read article summary)
Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, the Kremlin-backed president of Ingushetia, is the fourth government official in the North Caucasus targeted this month.
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The president of the poor Russian region of Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya, was critically wounded in a suicide attack on his motorcade Monday, the fourth attempted assassination of a government official in Russia's Northern Caucasus this month.
President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, a career military intelligence officer appointed by the Kremlin last year to lead Ingushetia, was reported to be in critical condition. His brother and three bodyguards were reported killed in the blast.
Ingushetia and the neighboring region of Dagestan have been growing less stable, with the spread of Islamist resistance to Russian rule and a spike in terrorist attacks.
The Associated Press reports that the deputy head of the region's supreme court was gunned down on June 10 and that the top policeman in Dagestan was murdered on June 5. The article quotes Alexei Malashenko, an expert on the area at the Moscow Carnegie Center, saying that Islamic separatists were almost certainly behind the attack.