Police and Workers Targeted in Ingushetia

Publication: North Caucasus Weekly Volume: 8 Issue: 43

On November 8, Kavkazky Uzel reported an attack on a car carrying Lieutenant Colonel Magomed Yevloev,head of the criminal investigation department of Ingushetia’s Sunzhensky district, and wounded his driver, Bashir Khamkhoev, in the leg.. Yevloev himself was not hurt in the attack, which took place on the evening of November 7, and the attackers reportedly escaped from the scene of the crime in an Opel jeep. There were no further details about the incident.

On November 5, unknown gunmen fired on an automobile carrying two railroad engineers in Nazran; both men died on the scene. Also on November 5, unknown gunmen shot and killed three workers at a brick factory in the village of Yandary in Ingushetia’s Nazran district. Interfax reported that a fourth worker was wounded. According to Kavkazky Uzel, one of the slain workers was from Kabardino-Balkaria, while the second was from the Stavropol Krai city of Budennovsk and the third was from Belarus.

Meanwhile, on October 29, Ingushetia’s Interior Minister, Musa Medov, told a meeting of law-enforcers that the situation in the republic is improving. “As for all of the crimes that have had a wide public resonance, there are already concrete favorable results: criminal cases are being completed – it is just a matter of time,” Kavkazky Uzel quoted Medov as saying.

The website, however, quoted Aslambek Apaev, a North Caucasus expert with the Moscow Helsinki Group, as saying that there has been a sharp deterioration in the situation in Ingushetia since an additional 2,500 troops were sent to the republic in August. “It must be admitted that the acute worsening of the situation here took place after the introduction of additional troops into the republic,” Apaev told Kavkazky Uzel. “Unapproved detentions and seizures of citizens, frequently accompanied by beatings and torture, began; firing on military posts, attacks on control-admission checkpoints, the murders of Russian-speaking citizens and law-enforcement employees have become more frequent.”