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Ingush president regains consciousness after attack

RIA Novosti

16:3703/07/2009 MOSCOW, July 3 (RIA Novosti) - Ingush President Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, who was badly injured in a roadside bomb on June 22, has regained consciousness, a spokesman for Ingushetia's representative in Moscow said on Friday.

"The Ingush president is conscious. He is making progress, and doctors say his health could improve substantially within a month," Adam Gazdiyev said.

Yevkurov received serious head and internal injuries when his motorcade was hit by a car packed with explosives driven by a suicide bomber. He was airlifted to Moscow after undergoing surgery in Ingushetia.

A bodyguard died in the attack near the city of Nazran, the main city in the tiny republic in Russia's North Caucasus.

Yevkurov's cousin Ramzan Yevkurov, who was driving the president's vehicle and was injured in the explosion, died in a hospital in Ingushetia on Saturday night.

Ingush Prime Minister Rashid Gaisanov, who has been appointed the republic's acting president by a Russian presidential decree, pledged to proceed with programs and projects launched by Yevkurov.

"All the programs and projects led by President Yevkurov and launched by him, will be continued," Gaisanov said.

The acting president described the situation in the republic as "stable and under control."


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