Gunmen kill nine Chechen police in Russia’s Ingushetia

Author: By Simon Shuster

The attackers, who fired automatic weapons at the police convoy from a forest
at the roadside, also left nine policemen badly wounded, the news agency
reported.

The Kremlin-appointed leader of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, is fighting
for his life in hospital after a suicide bomb blast struck his armoured car
on June 22 in the city of Nazran, where today’s attack also took place.

After the attack on Yevkurov, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ordered the
head of the neighbouring republic of Chechnya to fight insurgents across the
regional border in Ingushetia.

Both regions are in the volatile and mainly Muslim Caucusus region in southern
Russia, where the Kremlin is facing an insurgency that has intensified in
recent months, striking at local officials and security personnel.

The Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov vowed to respond to the assassination
attempt against Yevkurov by sending in his own troops to quell the
insurgency there.

“We will take no captives, we will destroy them. As long as they exist there
will be blood,” he told Reuters.

Kadyrov’s harsh tactics have brought relative stability to Chechnya since he
took power in 2007 after more than a decade of war. But fellow Kremlin
appointees have failed to stem spikes in violence in neighbouring Dagestan
and Ingushetia.

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