Russian Leader Wounded in Attack

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CBNNews.com - NAZRAN, Russia - The president of the southern Russian republic of Ingushetia was hospitalized in critical condition, following an attempted assassination Monday morning.

Ingushetia, which borders Chechnya to the south, has become home to hundreds of poor Chechnyan refugees fleeing violence in their own country.

Yunus Bek Yevkurov suffered a serious concussion and broken ribs, but his life is not in danger, the president's spokesman, Kaloi Akhilgov reported.

About 8:30 Monday morning, a booby-trapped car was detonated as the president's convoy passed by, critically injuring three of Yevkurov's body guards, including the president's brother.

Ingush Interior Ministry spokeswoman Madin Khadziyeva confirmed that a car bomb detonated as the president's motorcade traveled along the highway.

Russian media reported that the booby-trapped vehicle was driven into the convey and then detonated.

The attempted assassination marks the third attack in Ingushetia this month.

On June 10, the deputy chief Supreme Court justice was shot dead as she dropped off her children at a kindergarten in Nazran.

Just three days later, former deputy prime minister was gunned down near his home in Nazran.

The increase in regional violence has been blamed on poverty, feuds among ethnic groups and the rising influence of Islamic radicals.

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