The head of the Russian Republic of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, has been attacked on his way to a national holiday, Russian media report. Yevkurov himself denies any assassination attempt.
The gunman opened fire on Yevkurov’s bodyguards when they asked him to move aside and let the leader’s cortege pass.
Akhmed Nalgiyev was trying to drive into the village, but all the roads were blocked. He then left his car and started remonstrating in the road. Yevkurov’s bodyguard tried to calm the man, but Nalgiyev fired a shot at him in return.
“One of the leader’s bodyguards, Sulanbek Shadiev, was shot in the leg. The bullet split the bone,” representatives of the republic’s law enforcement authorities told Lifenews. “Nalgiyev was immediately neutralized. He was shot in the leg as well,” he added.
Both wounded men are now in the city hospital.
The head of the Republic of Ingushetia, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, was not injured.