MOSCOW (AP) — Officials say a top security official of the restive region of Ingushetia was shot and killed.
Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement Tuesday that Akhmed Kotiyev, the secretary of Ingushetia's Security Council, was attacked in his car. His driver died on the spot, and Kotiyev died in hospital.
Russia's ITAR-TASS news agency quoted Ingushetia's governor, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, saying that Kotiyev was killed because of his work with former rebel fighters. Ingushetia and other provinces in Russia's North Caucasus have been rocked by an Islamic insurgency, which has spread across the region after two separatist wars in Chechnya.