Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Security Chief Shot Dead in Russia's Republic of Ingushetia

A top security official involved in fighting Islamist militants in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia was shot dead Tuesday, local authorities said. Akhmed Kotiyev, the head of Ingushetia’s Security Council, died when an unidentified assailant sprayed his car with bullets at 7.40 a.m. in the village of Nizhniye Achaluki as he was traveling with his driver to the provincial town of Magas, a local Health Ministry spokesman said. Kotiyev’s driver was wounded in the attack and taken to a hospital, but later died of sustained injuries, the spokesman said. Ingushetia’s leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov said the attack was related to Kotiyev’s “successful” crackdown on Islamist militants in the republic.

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