The president of Russia’s Republic of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, was seriously wounded in an apparent suicide bombing on 22 June 2009. Yevkurov was being driven to work in a motorcade when it was hit by an enormous bomb placed in a car along the road he was travelling.
One or more of Yevkurov’s bodyguards may have been killed in the attack. Yevkurov’s driver died later in hospital. Yevkurov suffered a scull injury, several broken ribs, and a ruptured liver. He was taken to hospital for surgery. Reports say he has now been transferred to Moscow for another operation.
Ingushetia’s prime minister, Rashid Gaisanov, will serve as acting president. Ingushetia’s capital region has been declared an area of counter-terrorist operations. Russian president Dmitry Medvedev ordered neighbouring Chechnya’s strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov, to step up his actions against “terrorists”.
Yevkurov was appointed president after the ouster of the republic’s former ruler, highly unpopular Murat Zyazikov, in October 2008. Yevkurov is a career officer in the Russian army. He holds the rank of colonel. He took an active part in Russia’s war against Chechnya.